Monday, September 21, 2015

Charges for single-use plastic carrier bags in England

Carrier Bag Charges

As of October 5th 2015 all large retailers must charge a minimum of 5p on all single-use plastic bags. All small-medium retailers do not have to charge, but are being urged to volunteer.
Criteria of a single-use plastic carrier bag:
  • Unused - it’s new and hasn’t been used previously for sold goods to be taken away or delivered
  • Plastic
  • With handles
  • 70 microns thick or less
As a retailer, it is your responsbiliy to:
  • Charge at least 5p a bag (including any VAT)
  • Make every effort to ensure that you’re charging for self-checkout bags
  • Keep a reporting year’s records for 3 years from 31 May in the following reporting year
  • Send records to Defra on or before 31 May following the end of the reporting year
You must also record for the whole reporting year:
  • The number of bags supplied
  • The gross and net proceeds of the charge
  • Any VAT in the gross proceeds
  • What you did with the proceeds from the charge
If the retailer doesn't comply, the local authorities can:
  • issue a non-compliance notice with steps you must take to correct a breach
  • impose a fixed penalty
  • impose a discretionary penalty
  • order you to advertise that you’ve broken the law, what their penalty was and how you are now complying
  • recover the cost of the investigation from you if you breach the law
Noble Gift Packaging offers a wide range of alternatives to plastic bags, check them out here


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