The single use plastic bag charge

September 16, 2015 12:01 AM

The mandatory five pence charge for plastic carrier bags is unlikely to achieve lower resource use and less waste, it is an ill-considered and complicated policy and significant costs will be borne by consumers. There are other measures which have, in the past, been successful in reducing plastic bag use without imposing legislation and attempting to repeat this should have been the priority ahead of imposing further costs and regulatory hurdles. 

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