Plastic bag levy from October

Draft regulations, introducing a minimum 5p charge for retail single use of plastic bags in England, have been laid before Parliament. They will apply to organisations with 250 or more full-time equivalent employees, with most provisions coming into force on 5th October 2015.

This obviously applies to many charity shops, and smaller charities may find it easier (and greener) to fall in line. A similar levy was introduced in Wales in October 2011, N Ireland in April 2013 *, and Scotland October 2014.

The draft Statutory Instrument ‘Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015’ is at

* NI has a change to the levy from 19th January 2015.

(Source: Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing)