The Anonymous Widower

Plastic Bag Charge To Rise To 10p And Be Extended To Every Shop

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the Independent.

The title says it all.

I rarely buy a plastic bag and it is usually, when I travel around and have forgotten to put a bag in my coat pocket. I suspect I haven’t actually bought one since June.

I’ve also thought it wrong since the charge was introduced, that some shops didn’t charge, so this will create a level playing field.

As to the rise of the charge to ten pence, the biggest effect could be, that people remember to take a bag more often.

I do suspect though that smaller shops will complain and will say they will have to close.

But if they don’t have to charge, the taxpayer is effectively providing them with a subsidy.

If we are widening the plastic bag charge, surely now is the time to do something similar for fast food packaging.

The latter is personal, as quite a bit seems to end up outside my house in the front patio.

How about a ten pence packaging/obesity/littering charge on all fast food meals?


August 26, 2018 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. This is good but it does not go far enough and the big question is; where do the charges go and who ensures they are being taken. I feel the charges should be 50p a bag and there should be a return bottle charge on all bottles both glass and plastic.

    Comment by George Bell | August 26, 2018 | Reply

  2. Glass is a separate problem. In East Anglia and other areas, where there is a shortage of aggregate, crushed glass is used instead. One bypass was buit using broken glass.

    There is more on using glass as aggregate here.

    I also think 50 p would be too high and politicians would block it as a tax on the poor.

    Comment by AnonW | August 26, 2018 | Reply

  3. My sister wondered if she could simply put clothes just bought over her arm and walk out of a store like M&S !

    I notice how posh shops don’t charge for paper card bags !

    Comment by Melvyn | August 26, 2018 | Reply

  4. You aren’t charged for paper food bags on trains either. They work well too, for carrying hot cups of drinks.

    Comment by AnonW | August 26, 2018 | Reply

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