The 5p charge for plastic bags in large shops in England could be extended to cover nearly all retailers, as part of government plans for the environment.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove told a meeting of the cabinet that he wanted to tackle our “throwaway culture”.
Briefing the cabinet yesterday, Mr Gove said the government was “determined to tackle the throwaway culture which plastics encapsulate”.
Shops with fewer than 250 employees are currently exempt from the charge, which since being introduced in England in October 2015 has cut plastic use.
The 5p charge on single use plastic bags in England has contributed to a reduction of nearly 90% in their use, the government said.
The charge applies to every new plastic bag used at large stores in England – but only shops or chains with 250 or more full-time employees.
Plastic bags at airport shops or on board trains, planes or ships are currently not included, and neither are paper bags.
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