5p Plastic Bag Charge To Be Extended To Small Shops

5p Plastic Bag Charge To Be Extended To Small Shops

The 5p plastic bag charge could be applied to all retailers as part of new government plans to protect the environment.

The carrier bag charge was introduced in 2015 in England after the successful introduction of universal schemes in Wales and Scotland.

Gove, who arrived at the meeting carrying a reusable coffee cup, is understood to be considering a wide range of proposals to boost resource efficiency and minimise plastic waste.

There will be a consultation on extending the plastic bag charge as part of the 25-year environment plan.

Meanwhile, national media reports suggest that a plastic bottle deposit scheme will be introduced, enabling shoppers to receive 5p for every returned bottle.

Briefing the cabinet on Tuesday, Mr Gove said the government was "determined to tackle the throwaway culture which plastics encapsulate".

The Government will set out its long-term plans for the environment later this week as Theresa May tries to reassert her party's green credentials.

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Mr Gove, who showed off his new reusable coffee mug as he walked into No10 yesterday, is also expected to announce measures to cut the 2.5billion disposable coffee cups wasted in the United Kingdom every year.

Gove told colleagues that the 5p charge in supermarkets and other large retailers has resulted in a 90% decline in use.

The 5p charge in England has contributed to a reduction of almost 90% in their use, the government says.

Also under examination is a call from the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs last week for urgent action to curb the mountain of up to five billion disposable coffee cups dumped each year, nearly none of which are recycled.

Government sources have said ministers are open to the idea of a coffee cup charge if evidence shows it would change behaviour.

The current patchwork of regimes means many types of plastic are not collected from households.

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