From Monday, 5 October, shoppers in England will be charged 5 pence for single-use plastic bags, as part of a government effort to reduce litter and protect wildlife. The charge will be applied in large shops and supermarkets with 250 or more employees. The government reportedly expects the charge to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets by up to 80% and up to 50% in high street shops. It also expects to save £60 million in litter clean-up costs.
So don’t forget to bring your BRAG bag (and other reusable bags, of course) when you’re out shopping! You’ll save money while helping safeguard the environment.
BRAG members Hugh and Douglas show off our bags
The U.S. state of California has passed a bill banning the use of disposable plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, off-licences and other businesses throughout the state. The bill, which needs to be signed by the governor before becoming law, would usher in the first statewide ban of this type in the United States, starting July 1, 2015. A number of U.S. cities have already banned disposable plastic bags in shops, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The law would allow the sale of reusable plastic bags at grocery stores.
An estimated 10.6 Billion single-use bags will be given out before the government implements new single-use bag legislation in 2015.
A shocking 10.6 billion single-use bags will be handed out at shops in England before the bag charge comes into force on 1st October 2015. The average person in England uses 133 bags per year. In an effort to offset the environmental impacts from this unnecessary delay in implementing the bag charge the Break The Bag Habit coalition are launching new website to encourage supporters to pledge to stop using single-use bags. www.breakthebaghabit.org.uk