plastic bag charge could double to 10p under new plans from michael gove... and be at all shops, not just the large chains
Under measures designed to curb plastic consumption, the current 5 p fee will double and will apply to all stores, not just large retailers. An estimated 3.
6 billion single-
The use bags are provided annually by smaller retailers who are exempt from the current 5 p bag tax.
Trade Agencies representing some 40,000 small retailers have offered a method of charging 5 p, but this cost is less than 1
It is estimated that there are 253,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in England.
These changes may come into effect in January 2020 and are included in a consultation initiated by the government.
On August Theresa May promised that, despite reports of opposition from the Treasury and Philip Hammond, there would be consultations on changes in taxes by the end of the year.
Mr. Gove said: \"The single for 5 pence --
Charging with plastic tote bags is very successful in reducing the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives.
\"Between us, we have taken more than 15 billion plastic bags from circulation.
\"But we want to do more to protect our precious planet, and today\'s announcement will speed up further behavioral changes and build on the success of existing allegations.
\"In 2015, the UK introduced a 5 p tax, and the funds raised will be used for charity, not for government coffers.
James Loman, chief executive officer of the Convenience Store Association, said: \"We welcome government plans to promote shopping bag charges to all stores.
\"This is very effective in reducing waste, while also raising funds for local, national and environmental charities.
\"In the UK, about half of the small shops have volunteered to charge for plastic bags, and the mandatory charge has received wider support.
Dr. Laura Foster, head of clean oceans at the Marine Conservation Association (MCS)
She said she hoped the move would be supported.
Since the launch of the 5 p charge in October 2015, MCS has been monitoring the impact of the charge and regularly providing evidence for government consultation.
Dr. Foster told the Press Association: \"We are able to measure the impact of the legislation and we have seen that since the introduction of plastic bag charges in the UK, the number we have found on the beach has dropped.
\"This has also been replicated by research institutes overseas --
They also found a decrease in the number of plastic bags.
\"So we know that legislation can directly affect the number of things we find on the beach and in the ocean.
At the same time, schools are also being asked to stop single consumption.
Plastic will be used by 2022.
Education Minister Damian Hinds has called on school leaders to stop using items such as plastic straws, bottles and food packaging and switch to sustainable alternatives.
\"About a year ago, during my first school visit as Minister of Education, the first question a student asked me was, what can we do to limit the damage of plastics to the environment, he said.
\"Reducing the use of plastic is clearly an important and timely issue that attracts the interest and imagination of everyone in society.