In October 2015, a charge of 5p was imposed on plastic carrier bags supplied by major retailers in the UK, although Wales had already implemented this charge the year before.
The idea was that the money raised from the sale of these bags was to be donated to good causes as it doesn’t go to the Government (link).
Hm. If the revenue was included in profits and turnover, surely the company would be taxed on it and so………… the Government get their cut.
Anyway, it has been decided to double the charge to a minimum of 10p in a bid to combat plastic pollution.
We always recycled our bags anyway, though you could argue that eventually putting them in the household waste as a bin liner sort of defeats the object.
I now carry two handy bag-in-a-bag bags on my handbag so don’t need to use the shop carriers anymore.
IMO, best to scrap plastic bags altogether and reintroduce the paper sacks of yesteryear as there is a gap in the market which needs to be explored.
Now all that’s needed is for someone to concentrate on the plastic packaging our foods come in.