5p plastic bag charge set to be extended across England

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May is expected to make the announcement on Thursday as part of the 25-year environmental plan

All small shops will have to charge 5p for plastics bags under plans by government to tackle “throwaway culture.”

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the governments 25-year environmental plan on Thursday.

This will focus around the idea of becoming “the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we inherited.”

Currently, retailers with fewer than 250 staff do not have to apply the charge.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, May said: “People often think about environment issues and wonder whether the government can have an impact on that.

“If you just look at one thing that we’ve done, in 2015 we introduced the 5p charge on carrier bags, on plastic bags. Actually we now see nine billion fewer plastic bags being used. It’s making a real difference.”

Plastic bag use was cut by nearly 80% in the first year when the original charge was introduced in 2015.


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