According to government figures, supermarkets gave out over 8 billion single-use carrier bags across the UK in 2013. That is nearly 130 bags per person. High Town ward has 9046 residents, according to 2011 Census data [PDF]. Let's assume that people in High Town use as many bags as government figures suggest, and we multiply these bags by the number of people we live in the ward, we can calculate how many plastic bags are used by local residents per year:
130 x 9046 = 1,175,980
ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED AND SEVETY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY PLASTIC BAGS PER YEAR IN HIGH TOWN ALONE.
If we all paid 5p each time we got one of these bags, this would add up to:
1,175,980 x £0.05 = £58,799.00
A stately sum. A lot of money, where before there was simply the convenience of shopping on a whim, unprepared, unplanned - without taking our own bags. If we all paid only 5 for each 'convenience bag', we'd end up with a lot of money that cold go into environmental projects.
21 x 9046 x £0.05 = £9498.30.