The NFRN has welcomed today’s announcement from the Government that it plans to extend the plastic bag charge to all shops in England.
Since a 5p charge for plastic bags was first introduced in October 2015 for larger stores, the NFRN has long campaigned that the charge should be extended to cover all businesses.
In a joint press release with DEFRA, NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson said: “We welcome the announcement that the 5p plastic bag levy is likely to be extended to smaller shops. Independent retailers are environmentally friendly and like to play their part in reducing plastic waste so many of our members have already chosen to implement the 5p charge. As a result, they have been delighted to donate the proceeds from the charge to local and worthy good causes.
“The 5p charge has made a huge difference to plastic bag usage and all independent retailers can look forward to playing their part in reducing further waste and raise money for local charities.”
Commenting on the announcement, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “We are committed to being a global leader in tackling plastic pollution. It blights our seas and land and chokes our wildlife.
“Thanks to the public’s support, our plastic bag charge has been hugely successful. It has taken 13 billion plastic bags out of circulation in the last two years alone.
“Today we are building on that success to ensure we leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it.”
Prime Minster Theresa May has also hinted that the minimum charge could rise to 10p, and is the latest move by the government to crackdown on plastic.