Support for plastic bag charge extension in Great Britain 2019

Currently, laws in England require retailers with 250 or more employees to charge five pence for all single-use plastic carrier bags. In a 2019 survey, 48 percent of British respondents strongly supported this ban to be extended to smaller retailers with less than 250 employees.
In the 2017/18 fiscal year, more than 1.2 billion single-use plastic carrier bags were issued by large supermarkets in England. Of this amount, approximately 333 million plastic carrier bags were issued by the UK's leading supermarket Tesco.

Do you support extending single-use plastic bag charges to shops with under 250 employees?*

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

27 February to 1 March, 2019

Number of respondents

1,023 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Question originally phrased as "Currently, the law requires large shops (retailers who have 250 or more employees) in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags. Would you support the extension of this ban to include all retailers (i.e. those with less than 250 employees)? Please use the scale below where 1 means 'I strongly oppose' and 5 means 'I strongly support it'."

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