Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what environmental projects have benefited from the introduction of the 5 pence carrier bag charge.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since the introduction of the five pence carrier bags charge in October 2015, more than £95 million has been donated to good causes, including charities and community groups in the areas of the environment, education, health, arts, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff.

The Government does not hold information on which environmental projects have benefitted from the charge. Retailers are required to report on the use of any net proceeds of the charge, but there is no legal obligation for retailers to report on which projects in particular have benefitted.

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