A proposed charge to shoppers in Wales for single use carrier bags has been passed into law by the Welsh Assembly.
From 1 October 2011, shoppers in Wales will be charged 5p for each single use carrier bag they require, in an effort to reduce the number of bags which end up in landfill.
According to Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson, an average of 273 carrier bags per household were taken home from major supermarkets alone.
She said: “Most of these bags are completely unnecessary. They end up cluttering up our cupboards and littering our country where they release harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment.
“Whilst I know that reducing our use of single use carrier bags is not going to solve all our environmental problems the charge delivers an important message about the need for us to live much more sustainable lives.”