If a retailer starts charging for plastic bags, some consumers will start using reusable bags, or opt out of using bags at all. But how many will choose to pay for a bag? The answer comes from Marks & Spencer plc in the U.K. The retailer started charging 5 pence for bags last year, and the Daily Mail reports today that the result of the "Banish the Bags" campaign was an 83 percent reduction in bag use in 12 months. That adds up to 400 million bags "that would otherwise have ended up in landfill or blighting streets, the countryside and seas," according to the story. By the numbers: M&S cut the number of bags it distributed from 464 million in the previous year to 77 million. The ˆ£1.2 million (US$1.8 million) that it collected -- 5 pence at a time -- went to an environmental group called Groundwork, which used it to create or improve greener living spaces.
Marks && Spencer reports result of bag fee
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