The charge for plastic shopping bags could be doubled to 10p and be extended to all shops in England, regardless of size, prime minister Theresa May has announced.
A 5p fee for single-use plastic bags was introduced in October 2015 in all retailers employing more than 250 workers. A consultation of this will be launched later this year as part of the government’s plans to tackle plastic pollution.
May said: “We have taken huge strides to improve the environment, and the charge on plastic bags in supermarkets and big retailers has demonstrated the difference we can achieve by making small changes to our everyday habits.
“I want to leave a greener, healthier environment for future generations, but with plastic in the sea still set to treble we know we need to do more to better protect our oceans and eliminate this harmful waste.”