Retailers in England moaned about having to charge customers 5p for single-use plastic bags and the government dragged its feet.
That’s a lot of bags, almost 100 for every one in the UK.
The money raised by the tax goes to charitable causes. Most are environmental projects but some supermarkets have committed to help dementia research at UCL.
Some supermarkets give all the money less VAT to to charity while others make deductions
Overall the scheme has succeeded in producing benefits to wild life and the environment.
England might have come late to the party – long after countries like Denmark, Brazil, China, Mexico, Morocco, sub-saharan African states, Ireland, Wales and Scotland – but it made good in the end.
Now let’s tackle plastic micro-beads!