Larger Retailers In England Given Guidance on Carrier Bag Tax.

(Defra) Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have reminded larger retailers in England of their requirement to charge 5p for single use carrier bags to their customers. This charge will be required from October 5th 2015 and if the retailers affected by this do not comply and charge at least 5p for their single use carrier bags they could…

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Latest Update on The Plastic Bag Tax In England

This is the latest information we have received from the House of Commons regarding the plastic bag tax in England. It is important to stress this is as it stands now and it could change in the future. Plastic Bag Charge This information is provided to Members of Parliament in support of their parliamentary duties and is not intended to…

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Proposal for Single-Use Plastic Bag Charge for England

We aim to reassure our customers that you will be unaffected by the charge proposed from October 2015, by giving as much information as possible and updating any changes. Also to enable our customers to better plan their packaging. If you are in Scotland, Wales, N Ireland or Ireland we have separate links at the end; this section will not…

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Carrier Bag Levy in Northern Ireland

It’s an initiative that has already been rolled out across some stores, but from the 8th April 2013, in Northern Ireland, most carrier bags will come with a five pence (5p) levy. In this guide, we will explore more about the most common questions that are being asked about the levy. Why is the levy being brought in? The answer…

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5p Carrier Bag Levy Approved for Northern Ireland

Shoppers in Northern Ireland can expect their weekly shop to cost a little more from 8th April 2013, as assembly members vote in favour of the ‘Single Use Carrier Bags Charge Regulations ’ and agree on a carrier bag levy of at least 5p per bag. Surprisingly, the new levy in not confined to plastic carrier bags, but it also…

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The Welsh Carrier Bag Charge – One Year On

A full year has passed since the Welsh Government introduced a 5p charge for all single-use carrier bags, and as the scheme has been heralded a success by Welsh Ministers, it could be just weeks before England and Scotland decide to follow suit. While it initially sparked controversy amongst consumers and retailers, the carrier bag charge is now said to…

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Northern Ireland – Getting Ready for the 2013 Carrier Bag Tax

Northern Ireland is set to follow in the footsteps of Wales by introducing a 5p carrier bag levy on all single use plastic bags handed out from April 2013, and to ensure the operation runs smoothly, an entire team of staff has been dedicated to ensure that sellers implement the ‘bag tax’ regulation effectively. The responsibilities of the Londonderry based…

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Liberal Democrats Demand a Plastic Bag Tax in England

The Government may have made embarrassing u-turns on their proposed Cornish pasty tax and static Caravan tax, but it seems the Lib Dems are not going to let them back down on their proposed plastic bag tax in England, as they vote to ‘bolster their weaponry’ against the Treasury’s resistance. The party backed a motion at the Lib Dem conference…

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Plastic Carrier Bags – UK Shoppers Happy to Pay 5p

A recent poll by the ‘Break the Bag Habit’ coalition of anti-litter groups and conservation societies such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, found that the majority of UK shoppers think that a 5p plastic carrier bag charge should be introduced in England, if it will help cut litter and waste. Three-quarters said a small…

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The London Assembly Calls on the Government to Introduce a Carrier Bag Levy in England

Retailers in England may have escaped the controversial carrier bag levy longer than their Welsh and Irish counterparts, but with the London Assembly calling on the Government to introduce a mandatory charge on all single-use plastic bags, it looks as though we may have to follow suit, and sooner than we had hoped. The move comes after the Assembly “unanimously”…

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