Plastic bag charge to save 1.2 million tonnes of emissions

The plastic bag charge will be introduced in England next month and results from an existing scheme in Wales suggest it will have a marked impact on bag use

A plastic bag charge set to be introduced in England next month will save the country 1.2 million tonnes of CO2e over the next ten years, according to DEFRA.

The department says the move will also save the economy £60m in litter clean-up costs and £13m worth of carbon savings.

Large businesses in England – those with more than 250 employees – will be required to charge their customers 5p for single-use plastic carrier bags (SUPCB) from 5 October.

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