Carrier bag use increased by 1.3 per cent in 2012, according to WRAP figures


New data published by WRAP shows that carrier bag use in 2012 increased by 1.3 per cent to 8.1 billion bags used by supermarket customers.

However, this represents a decrease of 34 per cent compared to 2006 when reporting began.


The amount of thin gauge (single-use) bags used per month by supermarket customers increased from 10.5 in 2011 to 10.7 in 2012.

In 2012, total carrier bags (including re-useable bags) weighed 70,400 tonnes, compared with 72,300 tonnes in 2011. Overall, there has been a 36 per cent decrease of weight of carrier bags from the baseline year of 2006.

Between 2011 and 2012, there was a 2.4 per cent decrease in the use of virgin polymer used in all carrier bags, representing a 50 per cent reduction in the amount of virgin polymer used since 2006.