Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to extend the five pence plastic bag charge to all retailers within the 2019 Parliament.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The 5p charge has been highly successful at reducing the use of single-use plastic carrier bags, doing so by over 90% in the main retailers since its introduction in 2015.

The Government consulted last year on extending the charge to all retailers and increasing the minimum charge to at least 10p. We will publish the summary of responses and a Government response setting out next steps as soon as possible.

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