As announced last August in Defra’s consultation response, changes are being made to the Single-Use Carrier Bag Charge this Spring.
According to Defra, since its introduction, the use of carrier bags in the main supermarkets has reduced by 95%. They are therefore keen to build on this success.
The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 will make the following changes:
- The minimum amount that sellers must charge for a single use carrier bag (SUCB) will increase from 5 pence to 10 pence.
- The obligation to charge for SUCB will be extended to all retailers and the exemption for airport retailers from charging for SUCB will be removed.
- The current “sunset clause” will be removed.
- Provisions relating to the review of the 2015 Order and excluded bags will be updated.
Reporting requirements on the number of SUCB sold annually will not be extended to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (those with less than 250 employees), in order to minimise additional burdens.
This Statutory Instrument (SI) has been laid before parliament and a copy of the SI and associated documents can be accessed here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2021/9780348220919/contents.
Subject to parliamentary approval, this SI will come into force the day after the day on which it is made. It is anticipated this will be at the end of April, or early May.