Plastic Bag Charge To Be Extended To Cornershops

All EU member states including the UK must have measures to curb the use of plastic bags by the end of 2018

All EU member states including the UK must have measures to curb the use of plastic bags by the end of 2018

The 5p charge on plastic carrier bags is set to be extended to all shops.

The Prime Minister will on Thursday announce a 25-year plan for improving the environment, which will include extending the plastic bag levy to small businesses.

Early figures suggested shoppers in England had taken home six billion fewer single-use plastic bags as a result of the 5p charge at big retailers.

Mr Gove said the Government was "determined to tackle the throwaway culture which plastics encapsulate" and its plan would set out details of how to reduce demand for them.

One option on the table would be for the charge to be extended on a voluntary basis, the source said.

The announcement will form part of a key speech by Theresa May outlining the Government's 25-year plan on how to protect the environment and tackle the country's "throwaway culture".

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

The Conservatives pledged to come up with the 25-year plan in 2015, and it is now about a year-and-a-half overdue. Mrs May yesterday told Cabinet the Government has "a clear belief in conserving what is good and standing up against the profligate use of resources, whether that is public money or natural resources".

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