THE Argus spoke to shoppers in Newport city centre yesterday to see what they thought of the carrier bags charge.
YOUR THOUGHTS: From top left, clockwise; Elizabeth Wheeler, Michelle Pugh, Lee Morris, Jonathan Hughes, Nikolina Nikolic and Jessica Sydenham
● Elizabeth Wheeler, 43, from Caldicot, said: “I think it’s ridiculous considering the amount of money we spend in the shops. I’ve always thought it was ridiculous since it came it. I try to
remember to take them with me. It’s a nightmare.”
● Michelle Pugh, 45, from Newport, said: “I think it’s fair.
I am more organised for food shopping but usually forget to bring bags with me when I go shopping ad hoc. It’s good for the environment it’s just me that needs to be more organised.”
● Lee Morris, 23, from Cwmbran, said: “I’m in the Territorial Army and always forget when I come back. I think it’s a good thing. I hope it is good for the environment – we all want a better
● Jessica Sydenham, 19, from Bassaleg, said: “If I go clothes shopping I might bring a bag with me but I always take my own bags to the supermarket. The system is OK, it’s not exactly ideal.
I don’t mind.”
● Nikolina Nikolic, 18, from Newport, said: “I never bring carrier bags with me. I don’t mind, it’s only 5p, I’m quite happy to spend the money.”
● Jonathan Hughes, from Newport, said: “I always forget to bring bags with me - I remember once in a blue moon. It is a pain to be honest.
I think it should be scrapped. If the money does go to charity then I might think differently.”
We also spoke to traders.
● Maisie Hicks, of Freestyle skateboard shop in Newport, said customers have generally accepted the bag charge.
● Nigel Merett, owner of Arnold’s lighting shop, in the city’s Skinner Street, said most shoppers were well prepared and bring their own bags.
● Kerrie Derrick, of Fun Factory fancy dress shop in Newport, said: “People always complain, they absolutely hate it. They think for food shopping it’s fine but they think if you’re buying
clothes or costumes like with us they want a bag.”
● Simon Poultney, deputy manager at Newport’s Cash Generator, said people are generally unhappy about paying the charge, but the shop now uses far fewer bags than before.
● Sally Ford, of Wildings department store, Newport, said there was some resistance from customers at first but now most people bring their own bags.
● Welsh Retail Consortium spokeswoman Sarah Cordey said figures showing fewer bags used were no surprise, but said retailers were doing much more to reduce the carbon footprint of thousands
● Iestyn Davies, head of external affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses, said the changes were fairly well embedded in businesses’ daily operations and have resulted in a clear
reduction in their bag usage.