Consultation outcome

Single-use plastic bag charge for England: call for evidence

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We received 185 responses to the questions of the call for evidence.

In parallel, we received just over 2000 emails on the broader shape of the charge, predominantly as part of campaigns by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (1799), the Marine Conservation Society and partners (129) and Surfers Against Sewage (96).

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

Seeking views and evidence on key aspects of how a carrier bag charge in England will work.

This consultation was held on another website

Consultation description

We are requesting evidence on how a charge for single-use plastic (carrier) bags will work in England. The key issues that we would like to receive further evidence on are:

  • which bags should be exempt from the charge
  • how best to tell people about the charge
  • how to make sure that organisations are applying the charge

Some decisions about the charge have already been made. These include the size of the charge (5p) and what it applies to (single-use plastic bags).

This call for evidence will be of interest to retailers, consumers, industry, Non-Governmental Organisations and local authorities.