8 November 2016 - Janet Bird
The number of single use plastic bags handed out by stores in the year since the introduction of a Government levy on their use fell by almost 90 percent.
Just 1.1 billion were sold in the 12 months since the 5p per plastic bag charge was introduced on October 10, 2015 - a remarkable 86.8 percent less than the 8.5 billion bags given away by stores the previous year.
Data compiled by big data specialist IRI showed that revenues from the sale of plastic bags rose from £50 million to £147 million during the period, generating £97 million for charity.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, bin bag sales have risen by 8.25 percent since the introduction of the levy.