Environmental Packaging | Welsh Bag Tax Reduced to 5p

The proposed charge for single use carrier bags has been reduced from 7p to 5p when the levy is introduced in October 2011.

The Welsh Assembly had originally planned to introduce the charge in Spring 2011, at the higher rate of 7p, however following a second consultation in August this year, the figure has now been reduced by 2p.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson explained that the lower charge would still change behaviour, and delaying the levy would give retailers longer to prepare.

“We have listened to the feedback we have received from businesses, organisations and individuals from across Wales and beyond and have taken on board the issues raised.”

“As a result, we are proposing a 5p minimum charge for carrier bags – an amount that I am satisfied will bring about the desired behaviour change without presenting an unnecessary financial burden on the shopper, or preventing impulse shopping.”

“We have delayed the introduction to accommodate the needs of businesses and are confident that the October start will allow for a smoother and more successful introduction and will allow retailers more time to prepare.”

The revised charges were announced as the new regulations were presented at the Welsh Assembly yesterday. The regulations are now due to be considered by the Assembly on 30 November ahead of the levy becoming law on 1st October 2011.

Full details of the proposals for the levy are available by visiting the Welsh Assembly website at

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/epq/waste_recycling/substance/carrierbags/?lang=en.

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