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Evidence to support our proposals to introduce a charge on single use plastic and paper carrier bags in Wales.

AEA Technology PLC is an energy and environmental company which provides consultancy services. We appointed them in March 2009 to conduct a study to help inform our proposals on charging for single use carrier bags in Wales. AEA's initial findings were presented in May 2009. The report was finalised over summer.

AEA’s study investigated and provided evidence of:

  • bag type
  • usage
  • the environmental impacts of the different types of bag available
  • the impacts on business and consumers from introducing a charge.

The study also reviewed action taken by other countries to reduce usage of single use carrier bags. These actions included:

  • a total ban
  • voluntary reductions schemes 
  • public awareness raising through promotion of long life bags.

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