Plastic Bags

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to encourage newsagents to (a) stop using and (b) explore alternatives to plastic bags.

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

Recognising the success of the 5p charge in reducing the use of plastic bags, we have consulted on proposals to extend the single use carrier bag charge to all retailers, including newsagents, and to increase the minimum charge to 10p. We aim to publish both the summary of responses and the Government position very soon.

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