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5p carrier bag charge set to be extended to all shops

Wednesday January 10 2018

THE 5p charge for carrier bags is set to be extended to all shops under government plans.

In a bid to tackle "throwaway culture", small retailers currently exempt from the levy - which was brought in back in 2015 - are set to introduce the charge.

Theresa May and environment secretary Michael Gove will set out plans to expand the charge in a 25-year Environment Plan being published later this week.

Michael Gove told colleagues the introduction of the 5p charge on single-use plastic bags had contributed to a reduction of nearly 90 per cent in their use.

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