BUSINESSES across Barnsley will now have to charge customers ten pence for a single-use plastic carrier bag from tomorrow.

Retailers must charge the fee if they sell or deliver goods, and they must charge for non-reusable bags and bags used for collections or deliveries - businesses could be fined if they do not charge.

Businesses don’t need to charge an extra ten pence if they already charge ten pence or more for bags.

Guidance from the department for environment, food and rural affairs, states: “The single-use carrier bag charge will increase to ten pence and will be extended to all retailers in England from May 21.

“This includes small, medium and micro retailers.

“Biodegradable bags are not exempt from the charge.

“You do not have to keep records or report carrier bag use if your business employs fewer than 250 staff.”

More information can be found by following the link here.