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War on plastic waste stepped up with extension of plastic bag charge

By September 2, 2020National News

The Government has stepped up its fight against single-use plastics by confirming that the plastic carrier bag charge will be extended to all retailers from April 2021.

The latest statistics show the current levy, which stands at 5p and applies to any retailer employing 250 or more people, has led to a 95 per cent cut in plastic bag sales in major supermarkets since 2015.

This announcement marks the latest move to clamp down on plastic pollution

The Government received 583 responses to the consultation, and as a result of this consultation they will extend the single-use carrier bag charge to all businesses in England supplying goods and increase the minimum mandatory charge from 5p to 10p.

For more information go to the Government website

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