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Plastic bag charge to be extended to all shops as Government tackles ‘throwaway culture’ | The Independent

Consultation to include option for shops to join levy on a voluntary basis

The 5p plastic bag levy is to be extended as part of Government plans to tackle “throwaway culture” in a 25-year Environment Plan being published later this week.

The extended plan would encompass small businesses including corner shops and cover almost all plastic bags. Currently, shops with fewer than 250 staff are exempt.

Briefing senior ministers at Cabinet on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Theresa May said she wanted her Government to take a stand against the “profligate” use of natural resources.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told colleagues that the introduction of a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags had contributed to a reduction of nearly 90 per cent in their use, in a clear demonstration of what can be achieved by targeted official action.

Sorgente: Plastic bag charge to be extended to all shops as Government tackles ‘throwaway culture’ | The Independent

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