No increase for carrier bag levy
The carrier bag levy will not go up from five pence to 10 pence next year. There had been a proposal to increase the levy from April 2014. However, with provisional figures showing a large reduction in single use bag numbers since the levy was introduced in April this year, it has been decided to keep the levy the same for the foreseeable future. The situation will be kept under review.
Low cost reusable bags
Plans to extend the 5p levy to low cost reusable carrier bags will go ahead from April 2014, applying to all carrier bags selling for less than 20 pence. This is to prevent these bags becoming the new ‘throwaway’ bags. If these bags are discarded after only one or two uses, this would prove harmful to the environment.
A recent local survey highlighted that, despite the very substantial reduction in single use bag numbers, only 56 per cent of shoppers are frequently reusing their carrier bags.
Retailers will, of course, still be free to operate a ‘bag for life’ policy, whereby shops apply an initial charge for these more durable bags and then replace these bags for free when they are worn out. The levy won’t apply to these free replacements.
You can find out more about the levy at the page below:
Retailers urged to register
Retailers who still have not registered – or have not made their return for the first quarter – should go to the page below and click on the 'Retailer registration login' button and simply follow the onscreen instructions.
The process only takes a few minutes and will enable retailers to make the required returns to the Department of the Environment.
If retailers encounter any problems, they should contact the Carrier Bag Levy Team on
- email: email@example.com
- phone: 0300 200 7879 between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday
The reduction in carrier bags issued is good news for the environment. People are making a personal contribution to addressing the threat of climate change and environmental damage.