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20 Mar 2019

Following an increase of incoming calls querying finance providers in the cycles market, the ACT are publishing a mini-series to answer the trade's questions

19 Mar 2019

Returning to the ExCel this March is the 2019 London Bike Show

18 Mar 2019

Latest updates on Brexit and the parliamentary votes

18 Mar 2019

The government has recently presented new information surrounding Making Tax Digital

12 Mar 2019

This year's eBike summit brings together business leaders and key players working in the sector, to explore how we advance full eBike mobility

11 Mar 2019

Several great prizes up for grabs in Cytech's Fastest Wrench Competition at London Bike Show 2019

11 Mar 2019

Will e-bikes sales overtake the sales of bicycles?

11 Mar 2019

Now with less than a month until Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements come into force for VAT, make sure you are ready

11 Mar 2019

The government has announced the Workers' Rights Protections for Brexit

8 Mar 2019

This Spring, Fully Charged, London's premiere electric bike retailer celebrates its fifth birthday

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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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