Grumpy Owl Posted August 31, 2020 Share Posted August 31, 2020 Price of plastic carrier bags in England to double to 10p next year The fee for plastic shopping bags in England will be doubled to 10p and extended to all shops from April 2021. Small retailers - those employing 250 people or fewer - will no longer be exempt, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. Environment Secretary George Eustice described the UK as "a world-leader in this global effort". Greenpeace said the move was "a small step in the right direction" but urged the government to go further. The environmental group called for "fast and substantial reductions on plastic pollution" beyond the issue of carrier bags. From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53968502 Is it just me or are most shops already charging 10p for a plastic carrier bag? Quote The government "expects" retailers to donate proceeds from plastic bag sales to good causes - but it's not compulsory. According to Defra, an estimated £51m was donated in 2017-18. But while the vast majority of retailers chose to donate their plastic bag revenue - in line with government expectations - some chose to keep the money instead. Donated where though? And which retailers are just profiting from this? "Good causes" = Big Charity companies that pay managers and executives 'generous' salaries, while 'volunteers' work in their shops 'for free' or hang around high streets pestering passers-by. Very little of this quoted £51m figure will actually go to the subjects supposedly supported by these 'charities', directed instead into hedge-funds. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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