Plastic bag charging won't work, says retail group

Retailers say all bags should be charged for an not just plastic ones as new laws are set to come in.

The BRC says plans to charge 5p for carrier bags from 1 October 2015 in England to cut waste, litter and carbon emissions must be kept simple for the scheme to work.

Exemptions for small retailers and excluding paper and biodegradable bags will make it confusing for consumers as they will be asked to pay for a bag in one shop but not in the shop next door, say the BRC.

A BRC representative said: "A carrier bag charge is already working in Wales and Northern Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland in October and it makes no sense to do something different. Why not use the same scheme and keep it simple and effective?"

"If we are to have regulation it needs to work for consumers, the environment and retailers.  We are disappointed that the Government has chosen not to listen to the Environment Audit Committee, environment groups and retailers. This is poor regulation that will cause confusion for customers and businesses."



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