16 months on from the introduction of the plastic bag charge, and families are reportedly down to their last 100 bags that have been stuffed into another bag.
Householders have admitted that the number of bags under the sink, or hanging on the back of a door has dipped below the regular 500 figure. Peter Thape (40) from Brighton has a family of four, and he believes that people are creating their own personal stockpiles in bedrooms, drawers, and wardrobes. Thape accepts that the kitchen is no longer a safe area for such a modern day currency.
‘It’s typical Darwinian behaviour. Our daughter keeps a few under a jemmied floorboard,’ said Thape.
‘They’re no longer going into landfill…They’re all around us,’ added a cautious Thape.