Plastic bag charge to be introduced in England

Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, this week announced he was not going ahead with plans to raise the levy to 10p per bag, because the present arrangements were proving successful.

He said data from major supermarkets showed there had been an 80% reduction in plastic bag use since the levy was brought in.

Retailers in Scotland will start charging for bags in October 2014.

According to Liberal Democrat sources, the charge in Wales, which began in 2011, ha replica watches uk s seen the use of plastic bags drop by roughly 75%.

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said his party had faced opposition to the scheme from the Conservatives.

He said the charge would only raise “pretty small amounts” for charity, as its intention was to get people to reduce the amount they use.

Speaking on a visit to Cathkin Marsh nature reserve, near Glasgow, he said that plastic bags were often used for just a few minutes but “take 1,000 years to degrade”.

He said: “That not just bad for the environment, they are a terrible eyesore on our beautiful countryside. They cause a lot replica watches uk of suffering for animals, particularly marine wildlife.”

Mr Clegg said he hoped replica watches uk any money raised by the levy would be donated to environmental charities.

He added: “Of course there are debates in government on something like this, this is a big change. But it one that I was very keen to do and I think we will now do it not overnight, it will happen by the end of 2015.

“But I think very quickly, just as in the way people are accepting it in Wales where there has been an up to 80% drop in the use of plastic bags, people will get used to it and support it.”

Andy Walker from the campaign group, Keep Britain Tidy, said that free plastic bags came wit replica watches uk h a “cost to the environment”.

“Our supporters up and down the country end up cleaning bags from water courses, from beaches, from the High Street. so we believe it reduce the incidence of bags there,” he said.

“But it will also influence behaviour change people will start to take reusable bags with them to the supermarket and that will actually make a big difference to the environment.”

But Matthew Sinclair, from the Taxpayers Alliance, said the charge was an unnecessary measure that would have little impact on overall waste.

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