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Charges for single-use plastic carrier bags

Information for consumers and retailers about England's 5p carrier bag charge from 5 October 2015.

These publications explain that the charges for single-use carrier bags encourage you to:

  • re-use bags
  • use bags for life
  • reduce waste

Information for consumers

  1. Carrier bags: why there's a 5p charge

    • Policy paper

Guidance for retailers

Summary of data in England

  1. Carrier bag charge: summary of data in England

    • Research and analysis
Published 3 July 2015
Last updated 21 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the summary of the data reported by retailers in England for 2016 to 2017.
  2. Added information about summary of data for first 6 months of the charge.
  3. Added link to 24 July news story, "plastic bag numbers rise for the fifth year".
  4. New information for consumers and others published, as well as artwork for retailers.
  5. First published.