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18 Jan 2019

Your chance to help stop potential damage on the growth of the e-bike market.

18 Jan 2019

Reports suggest that potholes across the UK could be self-repairing in the next 30 years.

15 Jan 2019

Halfords is seeing its consumer confidence weaken, something that will likely stretch into the next financial year.

15 Jan 2019

The Brownlee brothers are scheduled to open the 2019 London Bike Show.

14 Jan 2019

This year may mark the most brutal Christmas and New Year's for retailers ever.

10 Jan 2019

A company, claiming to be the ACT's preferred energy provider, has been calling cycle shops and trying to get them to move providers.

9 Jan 2019

Is click and collect the solution to channel online sales to bricks and mortar bike shops?

9 Jan 2019

iceBike* is back in the new year! Mark the date on your calendars, 19th-21st of February 2019.

9 Jan 2019

The Government plans to extend the charge of plastic bags to small retailers by 2020, with plans to increase the charge from 5p to 10p.

8 Jan 2019

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News investigates the new reality of the bike market in exploring the journey taken to get to where bikes are today.

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Government plans to extend plastic bag charges

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

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2015 marked the year that the first official charge to plastic bag was initiated to large retailers. Now four years later the Government is looking to extend this charge to all retailers across the UK.

So why was there a charge placed on plastic bags?

In 2014, according to Gov.uk, over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets across the UK. This breaks down to around 140 plastic bags per person. In light of this, the scheme of charging for plastic bags was implemented to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and littering as a secondary issue from plastic bags.

Since the implementation in 2015, the number of plastic bags has gone down by more than 80% across the UK. The Government has also estimated that in light of the evidence, between 2019 and 2029, the UK economy will benefit from over £780 million, with &730 million raised for good causes, £60 million savings in litter clean-up costs and carbon savings of £13 million.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS') chief executive James Lowman has welcomed the Government's plan for extending the charge.

"This has been shown to be highly effective at reducing waste, whilst also raising money for local, national and environmental charities. Around half of small shops in England already charge for plastic bags voluntarily, with wider support for a mandatory charge".

Watch the ACS' animation on the benefits of charging for single use plastic bags here.

If you haven't already voluntarily charged for plastic bags, consider the benefits this would bestow on the environment and what difference you can make.
Share your support for the Government's 2019 plan across social media to help your community and the ones around you.

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