15 August 2016 - Janet Bird
The controversial plastic bag tax has raised at least £29 million for good causes in the last six months, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has claimed.
CAF, which helps individuals and businesses give effectively to help good causes, said it had distributed nearly £10 million to charities from retailers - including big names like Sainsbury's, Aldi and Marks & Spencer - since the 5p per plastic bag charge was introduced last October.
While figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show the number of plastic bags used by consumers has dropped by a staggering six billion since the levy was introduced, the amount being spent on them is still impressive.
Aldi reports that approximately £1.1m has been raised for charity by the sale of carrier bags in their stores since the charge was introduced, while Marks & Spencer used 45.7 million single use carrier bags in their UK stores between October 2015 and April this year, raising £1.9m for charity which has been distributed via CAF to a number of charities including Breast Cancer Now, UNICEF and WWF.