Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Independent retail bodies welcome 5p bag charge extension

Independent retail bodies welcome 5p bag charge extension

The 5p charge for plastic bags in large shops in England is set to be extended to cover almost all carrier bags, as part of new plans for the environment.

Brits could get 5p for every plastic bottle they return to shops under the plans.

Instead, Mrs May is expected to reveal moves to end exemptions to the 5p plastic bag tax.

Mr Gove, who showed off his new reusable coffee mug as he walked into No10 yesterday, is also expected to announce measures to cut the 2.5billion disposable coffee cups wasted in the United Kingdom every year.

At present retailers with fewer than 250 staff are exempted from applying the charge.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has already stated he wants to provide a "green brexit" and that "trees are some of our most cherished natural assets and living evidence of our investment for future generations".

The Prime Minister's spokesman told reporters she had set out how the government was committed to clear "conserving what is good, and standing against the profligate use of resources - whether it be public money or natural resources".

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But Prime Minister Theresa May and environment secretary Michael Gove are this week due to set out plans for the levy to cover nearly all plastic bags.

You could start having to pay 5p for a carrier bag in corner shops and smaller stores to fit in with a government environment plan.

He was labelled a hypocrite after being pictured with throwaway coffee cups last month in spite of his war on waste.

Since its introduction in England in October 2015, the Government says the charge on single-use bags has led to a 90 percent reduction in usage.

The committee of MPs said the industry should be given five years to make the cups easy to recycle or face an outright ban.

The current patchwork of regimes means many types of plastic are not collected from households.

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