Since October 2015 we’ve seen some crazy scenes across the country with people going home with metal baskets, pushing full trolleys out of the store and even seeing plastic bags with security tags but the 5p per bag scheme does seem to be working with Tesco reporting they’ve seen a 78% drop in plastic bag use and £12,000 raised from the 5p charges.
5p for a bag seemed a little steep so opted for the free basket. Thanks @Tesco #everylittlehelps pic.twitter.com/ZDLPRXlGNK— Get James (@JamesBurton__) October 5, 2015
Why pay 5p for a bag when ye can get a trolley for a quid ???? pic.twitter.com/EtLl9rSI0n— tinsel titsssssssss (@suzannne_x) October 17, 2015
Rebecca Shelley, group communications director for Tesco, said: “We knew the government’s bag charge would encourage our customers to use fewer plastic bags and it’s clearly had a huge impact.
“We wanted to do as much as we could to help our customers avoid paying the charge – the week before the charge was introduced we gave out free bags for life, and we’ve been sharing helpful hints and tips on how customers can cut down the number of bags they use.”
She concluded: “We’re also working with our customers to make sure the millions of pounds that will be raised from the bag charge go towards making a real difference for our local communities.”