Welsh Bag Tax To Encourage Reusable Carrier Bags

The Welsh Assembly has now confirmed the introduction of legislation to introduce a charge on single use carrier bags.  The law, which will introduce a 5p charge per carrier bag, will come into effect from 1st October 2011. The idea, which was the brainchild of Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson, is to help encourage people to change their shopping habits, and move towards reuseable shopping bags.

Speaking about the policy, Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: “Today is a great day for Wales and for our environment and I am delighted that our carrier bag charge will now become law.” “The charge has cross party support and has always been popular with the public and I am certain that it will help us to significantly reduce the number of carrier bags given out in Wales,” she added.

The burden of administration will fall on retailers, who will be expected to provide evidence about the charge. Further details are expected later in the year.  Further updates can be found by visiting the Welsh Assembly;s own website at

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

or at

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

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