Plastic bag levy to be doubled & extended to all retailers - Retail Gazette

Plastic bag levy to be doubled & extended to all retailers - Retail Gazette

// From April 2021, plastic bag levy will be doubled and extended to all retailers
// Small retailers – those employing 250 people or fewer – no longer exempt
// The minimum charge for single use carrier bags will increase to 10p
The fee for plastic carrier bags is set to double from April next year, with the charge being extended to all shops in England, the government has announced.
Small retailers – defined as those employing 250 people or fewer – will no longer be exempt from the levy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
Following a public consultation last year, in which the “vast majority” of respondents welcomed the changes, the minimum charge for single use carrier bags will increase to 10p.
READ MORE:Plastic bag usage drops 59% since 2019, research finds
Defra said it has committed to implementing both changes from April 2021.
“The UK is already a world-leader in this global effort, and our carrier bag charge has been hugely successful in taking billions of harmful plastic bags out of circulation,” environment secretary George Eustice said.
“But we want to go further by extending this to all retailers so we can continue to cut unnecessary waste and build back greener.
“I hope our pioneering track record on single-use plastics will inspire many more countries to follow suit, so we can take on plastic waste together and implement lasting change.”
The 5p levy on plastic bags was introduced in England in 2015, with the most recent figures showing that the number of single-use bags distributed by large supermarkets has fallen more than 95 per cent.
The average person in England now buys just four single-use bags a year, compared to around 140 in 2014.
While the move to extend the charge was welcomed by campaigners, Greenpeace said carrier ...
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