The government is “monitoring” the results of schemes to charge for plastic bags, as Northern Ireland introduces a levy today.
We want to work with retailers to help them lift their game to cut the number of bags they hand out.
– Environment department (Defra) spokesman
We are monitoring the results of charging schemes and the outcome of the Scottish consultation on a charge.
The Break The Bag Habit coalition of conservation and anti-litter groups have attacked the government for not following Wales and Northern Ireland’s move to introduce a charge.
Wales introduced a 5p charge on single-use bags 18 months ago and a similar scheme is expected to be introduced in Scotland.