The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped by almost half, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said.
The charity’s Great British Beach Clean report found just under seven bags per 100 metres of coastline cleaned.
That is a 40% drop from the average 11 bags found in 2015 and is the lowest number in 10 years.
The MCS said the drop “vindicates” the introduction of a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags.
The MCS was among those groups which campaigned for the plastic bag levy to be introduced in Wales in 2011, Northern Ireland in 2013, Scotland in 2014 and England in October last year.
“We’ve seen a significant drop in the number and that can only be as a result of the 5p charge which is now in place in all the home nations,” said MCS beach watch manager Lauren Eyles.
“It vindicates the charge, which …