Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th April 2022.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a legal obligation on retailers to donate all revenues raised from the plastic bag levy to charitable causes.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

No assessment has been made. Retailers have donated nearly £190 million to good causes from the charge since its introduction and the number of bags sold by the main retailers in England has fallen by 95%. Defra publishes a summary of data that includes the amounts of money given to good causes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carrier-bag-charge-summary-of-data-in-england.

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