Charges for a single-use carrier bike are set to double this month.
The government has confirmed that charges for using goods in UK stores will increase from 5p to 10p and will be extended to all businesses from May 21.
The new rules mean that all stores, including corner stores, must use the fee.
Previous rules stated that only stores with 250 employees were required to charge a bag, while smaller retail outlets were allowed to process fees voluntarily if desired.
According to the most recent statistics, the number of single-use bags distributed by large supermarkets has dropped by more than 95% since the introduction of the 5B line for plastic bags in the UK in 2015.
The average person in the UK now buys four single-use bags a year, up from 140 in 2014.
In a December survey for the Waste and Resources Organization, 73% supported consumer taxation.
However, in the same poll, 26% of consumers buy single-use bags while shopping for food.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said that by extending tariffs to all retailers, the use of single-use carrier bags in small and medium-sized businesses is expected to fall by 70% to 80%.
Environment Minister Rebecca Bowe said: “The introduction of the 5B tariff is an amazing success, significantly reducing the sales of harmful plastic bags in supermarkets by 95%.”
The Minister says ‘We need to go further
He added: “We know we need to go further to protect our natural environment and oceans, which is why we are now expanding this fee to all businesses.
“Over the next two weeks, I urge retailers of all sizes to make sure they are ready for change, as we work together to rebuild greenery and strengthen our global lead in combating plastic waste.”
James Lohmann, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said: “We warmly welcome the inclusion of local stores and other small businesses in the successful plastic bag charging program, which not only helps the environment, but is also a great way to promote retailers. Funding for local and national charities. “
John Lewis said it has been trying to remove single-use bags from its Cheltenham, Kingston and Leeds stores since May 21st.
Customers will be asked to bring their own bags or a reusable bag made from 100% recyclable materials will cost 50p for medium size and 75p for large size.
Marija Rompani, director of ethics and sustainability for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “It has become customary for us to carry our own bags when we go to the grocery store, but we have a different mindset when shopping for clothes, beauty and home products.
“We expect our customers to be supportive of this change and to hear their views.”
Icarus surveyed 2,010 adults in the UK in December for the wrap.
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