UK Government extend single-use carrier bag charge in England

08 September 2020

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On 31 August 2020, the UK Government confirmed that the plastic carrier bag charge in England will be extended to all retailers from April 2021. This will coincide with an increase in the minimum mandatory charge to ten pence.

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

Source: UK Government, 31 August 2020