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    Friday, 20 July 2018 16:30
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a carrier bag imageJanuary 12 2018

Plans to extend the 5p plastic bag fee to small retailers will be voluntary initially, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has said. However, the government will be “exploring whether compulsory options are needed if voluntary agreements prove ineffective.”

The proposals are set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan published by DEFRA on January 11. The Prime Minister launched the policy document ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, which includes the pledge to:

“Crackdown on plastics by eliminating all avoidable plastic waste through extending the 5p plastic bag charge to small retailers, removing consumer single use plastics from the government estate, supporting the water industry to significantly increase water fountains and working with retailers on introducing plastic-free supermarket aisles.”

Currently, the charge for single-use plastic carrier bags must be levied by retailers who have 250 or more employees, but smaller organisations are exempt. DEFRA has now updated its policy paper ‘Carrier bags: why there's a charge’ to reflect the new 25 Year Plan.

“Smaller businesses can also charge on a voluntary basis if they wish,” it says. “As we said in our paper ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ we want to extend the scheme so that small retailers also charge for bags. We’ll first be looking at voluntary agreements with industries to achieve this, before we consider making this compulsory.”

Some exemptions will continue, including for the supply of medicines. Its guidance for all retailers now says: “In cases where retailers aren’t required by law to charge for a bag, it is up to them to decide whether or not to do so. There is nothing in the law that prevents retailers from charging for bags, even where there’s an exemption.”

Links:
DEFRA announcement   
DEFRA Policy paper 25 Year Environment Plan     
DEFRA Policy paper. ‘Carrier bags: why there's a charge’  
DEFRA Guidance. ‘Carrier bag charges: retailers' responsibilities’

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