Wales' bag charge could go on bags for life
4:30pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
WALES’ 5p charge for plastic bags could be extended to bags-for-life.
A new law proposed by natural resources minister Alun Davies could extend the Welsh Government’s powers allowing it to extend the levy if usage of bags-for-life continue to rise.
A white paper on proposals for a new Environment Bill says that the sale of reusable bags by supermarkets in Wales increased by between 120 and 130 per cent between 2010 and 2012.
It says that there’s a risk consumers could treat the low-cost reusable bags like a “throw-away bag”.
However the sale of all types of bags for life is still within the increase that the Welsh Government had forecast.
First minister Carwyn Jones told the Assembly last Tuesday that there are currently no plans to change the levy.
Whether the levy is extended will depend on what a review in 2014 shows and what "we see as the practices of some supermarkets at the moment, which are charging just 1p more for bags for life, thus, avoiding, in some ways, the levy," he said.
A consultation on the bill will close on January 14.
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