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Wales launches awareness campaign for carrier bag levy

A campaign to raise public awareness of the forthcoming Welsh carrier bag levy has been launched by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Posters at train stations and inside buses will notify the public of the forthcoming 5p minimum charge for a single-use carrier bag, which comes into force from 1 October 2011.

Environment minister John Griffiths said: “In Wales, the imminent introduction of our carrier bag charge is ensuring that people are thinking, and talking, about the problem of carrier bags.

“There is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to reduce carrier bag use in Wales, as figures show that, last year, 329 million bags were given out by the major supermarkets alone. But I am confident that the charge will help us to drive down carrier bag use, and I hope next year’s figures will show another reduction.”

According to the Welsh Assembly, a 90% reduction in the number of bags given out in Wales is expected, with £3m passed to environmental projects as a result of the charge.

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