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Government plans to introduce a 5p charge every time a shop gives a plastic bag to a customer have been based more “on wishful thinking than hard evidence”.
Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chairwoman Joan Walley was not opposed to the spirit of the scheme, but felt the department of environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) had over complicated it.
Ministers have managed to make a complete mess of their planned carrier bags charge by making it unnecessarily complicated.
Carrier bags litter our streets and harm wildlife, and the Government is right to want to reduce their use.
But Defra seems to have made decisions about the design of this scheme that were based more on wishful thinking t Air Max han hard evidence.
Before the Government reaches the check out with this policy, it needs to drop the exemptions and keep it simple to help shoppers do the right thing.
Plastic bag scheme should not small business
The Government has defended its implementation of a scheme to attach a 5p charge to plastic bags used by major retailers .
A Defra spokesman denied allowing small businesses to forego the levy would be too confusing.
We want to reduce plastic bag usage but it shouldn come at the cost of burdening small businesses who can choose whether or not to charge their customers.
Paper bags make up only a small proportion of carrier bags and break down naturally.
Biodegradable bags will only be exempt if they are genuinely biodegradable.
A Defra spokeswoman Read: Govt under fire for plastic bag scheme
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) blasted the Government for making the scheme too complicated.
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The Government plans to slap a 5p charge on single use plastic bags in England from next year to attempt to reduce the number handed out and protect the environment.
Some eight billion single use bags were handed out to consumers across the UK in 2012, but a 5p levy in Wales has shown significant success in reducing the number of carrier bags given out in the Air Max country by 75%.