10 October 2016 - Janet Bird
A year after the Government introduced a 5p levy on plastic bags, Lidl has announced it is to stop selling single use carrier bags altogether.
The supermarket chain will stop stocking 5p plastic bags in all its UK stores by the end of July next year - a move it estimates will save 63 million bags annually.
Lidl said the move is part of its ongoing commitment to encourage recycling and reduce its environmental impact.
Before the Government introduced its 5p per bag charge on October 5, 2015, seven billion were used per year. Since the levy came into force, that figure has plummeted to less than half a billion.