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Plastic bag charge: 5p levy to be extended in England

From BBC - January 9, 2018

The 5p charge for plastic bags in large shops in England is set to be extended to cover nearly all carrier bags, as part of new plans for the environment.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told a meeting of the cabinet that he wanted to tackle our "throwaway culture".

Shops with fewer than 250 employees are currently exempt from the charge, which since being introduced in England in October 2015 has cut plastic use.

The government is set to unveil its 25-year environment plan later this week.

Briefing the cabinet on Tuesday, Mr Gove said the government was "determined to tackle the throwaway culture which plastics encapsulate".

The 5p charge on single-use plastic bags in England has contributed to a reduction of nearly 90% in their use, the government said.

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