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A popular tax? Surely not

A scene from Blue Planet II

The plastic bag charge is one of the most popular taxes ever introduced by any government, the Environment Secretary has claimed.

The 5p-per-bag levy, introduced in England in 2015, has reduced the number of single-use plastic bags bought by around 90%, showing an environmentally-conscious public will pay more to reduce pollution, Michael Gove said.

Public opinion is now firmly behind reducing waste since the success of the tax and last year's Blue Planet II series, Gove added. He called the BBC show a "very effective wake-up call".

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