Carrier bag charge to cut litter

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The Government has bowed to pressure to introduce a charge on single-use carrier bags to cut litter.

A 5p charge will be introduced in England from October 2015 to help reduce the number of plastic bags handed out by retailers across the country, many of which end up as litter and harm the environment.

But small retailers will be exempt from the charge, to prevent imposing burdens on start-up and growing businesses, the Government said.


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