The Anonymous Widower

Plastic Bag Fee ‘To Double To 10p’ And Include Every Shop

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the guts of the story.

The 5p fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p, and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary.

The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could come into effect in January 2020.

Smaller retailers, who are exempt from the current levy, supply an estimated 3.6 billion single-use bags annually.

I’m all for this, if it cuts down the amount of plastic, that blows around the country, before ending up in the seas.

This is the bag I use.

Note.

  1. It folds up, so that it first into my man-bag.
  2. It easily holds two days of my food shopping.
  3. The handles re very comfortable, even when carrying eight bottles of beer.
  4. I’ve had it over a year now and it is finally showing the odd sign of wear.
  5. It is big enough to hold a copy of the Sunday Times without folding.

It did cost be five pounds from M & S, but how much have I saved on five pence bags?

It is not a perfect bag, but it is a good start.

Other things, in the same vein, that I’d like to see.

  • A charge on takeaway food, especially pizza boxes, which seem to end up in front of my house.
  • A fine for piling household and commercial waste around litter bins, which is very prevalent in this area, despite council camnpaigns to stop it.
  • Remove the foxes back to the countryside, so they don’t spread the rubbish all over the street.

As to the latter, foxes seem to have eaten most of the cats, hedgehogs and birds, so it is their only way to get food.

December 27, 2018 - Posted by | World | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I try and remember to take bags, but often forget, or haven’t planned to shop when I am out, but have done. However, our local food bank is always desperate for bags to give people their food in; any bags they give out are not returned of course. So certain shops who have fairly substantial bags, such as Morrisons, I choose to buy and pass on to the food bank. Most people come to the food bank on foot or by public transport, and they have to take the food home that way too. It is less embarrassing if they have bags which look like they have been and bought food. Some food banks have made bags to give out, but usually they are in some way indicated they have been to the food bank. Which leaves people open to shaming and potential violence from other people. I don’t know the answer to that.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 27, 2018 | Reply


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