Shoppers can ought to pay 10p for plastic bags in outlets shops across England underneath news plans commenced by the environment secretary. The existing 5p charge is to be doubled and can not be restricted to massive retailers only anymore.
The new measures set out by Michael Gove come back as faculties are being urged to finish the utilization of single-use Plastic Bag by 2022.It is calculable around three.six billion single-use bags are equipped a year by tiny retailers exempt from the present 5p levy.
Trade bodies representing around 40,000 tiny retailers have already launched a voluntary approach to the prevailing charge, however, this accounts for fewer than common fraction of England’s calculable 253,000 tiny and medium-sized enterprises.
The changes, that might get result in January 2020, are contained in an exceedingly consultation that has been launched by the govt. Theresa May declared in August that there would be a consultation on changes to the Plastic Bags levy by the tip of 2018 despite opposition from the Treasury and Chancellor Philip Hammond
Mr Gove said: “The 5p single-use plastic bag charge has been extremely successful in reducing the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives.
“Between us, we have taken over 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation. But we want to do even more to protect our precious planet and today’s announcement will accelerate further behaviour-change and build on the success of the existing charge.”
The 5p charge on Plastic Bags was introduced in England in 2015, with the money raised planning to smart causes instead of government coffers. Nearly 2 billion 5p plastic bags were sold within the last year, figures from the govt show exactly that.
This is a stark reduction from 2014, when 7.6 billion carrier bag – the equivalent of one hundred forty per person – were handed out exclusively by England’s seven largest supermarkets.
James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said: “We welcome the government’s plans to extend plastic bags charging to all shops.
“This has been shown to be highly effective at reducing waste, whilst also raising money for local, national and environmental charities.
“Around half of small shops in England already charge for plastic bags voluntarily, with wider support for a mandatory charge.”
Dr Laura Foster, head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), said she hoped there would be support for the move. The MCS has been observing the impact of the 5p charge since it had been introduced in Oct 2015 and frequently provides proof for government consultations.
Dr Foster said: “We are able to measure the impact of legislation and we’ve seen that since the introduction of the plastic bags charge in the UK the amount we find on the beaches has gone down.
“That’s also been replicated by studies that have been done offshore – they’ve also seen a reduction in the amount of plastic bags they find.
“So we do know that legislation can directly impact on the amount we find on our beaches and in our oceans.”