UK Government Doubles Plastic Bag Fee and Applies it to All Retailers

According to an August 31, 2020 UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs news release “… The single-use carrier bag charge will be extended to all retailers and increased to 10p from April 2021 to further protect our oceans from plastic waste … The latest statistics show the current levy, which stands at 5p and applies to any retailer employing 250 or more people, has led to a 95 per cent cut in plastic bag sales in major supermarkets since 2015 … Today’s announcement … will … take us closer to our ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste through our 25 Year Environment Plan and build back greener after coronavirus ... Other key government actions on plastics include … introducing a deposit return scheme to drive up the recycling of single-use drinks containers, and a ban on the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds which will come into force in October. The government will also introduce a new … tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content from April 2022 …” #SingleUsePlastic @PlasticWaste #PlasticPackaging