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Plastic bags sales down by 90% following government 5p charge, decision on metaldehyde and RPA payments

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Plastic bag floating in water

Today's blog looks at the success of the 5p plastic bag charge as the Environment Secretary reveals bag sales are down by 90% since it the charge was introduced. Furthermore, the Rural Payments Agency confirms that overdue agri-environment claims have been fully paid, we provide clarification on government reconsideration of metaldehyde ban and National Parks Minister, Lord Garner, visits New Forest Show. 

Environment Secretary visits waste-fighting primary school and consultation on the close season for coarse fishing

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Photograph of Clear Public Space’s Luke Douglas-Home, pupils at Wilberforce Primary School, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and a teacher at Wilberforce primary school.

We look at the Environment Secretary's visit to a waste-fighting primary school and the Environment Agency's consultation on the future of the close season for coarse fishing.