Nottingham shoppers will now have to pay 5p for a single-use plastic bag from large shops. This has been introduced by the government to protect the environment from litter and pollution.

With Nottingham being a vibrant city full of many retailers, it is predicted this new 5p plastic bag charge with have an impact on shopping habits.

Nottingham shoppers have mixed views about the initiative.

 

Audio: Nottingham shoppers opinions

The Government wants to reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags and reduce litter by encouraging people to reuse bags.

Video: The Government guide to the plastic bag charge

5474237927_c54e1e4da3_bSimilar 5p charges are already in place across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, making England the last to introduce the scheme.

Wales has seen a reduction in plastic bag consumption of 79% in its first 3 years since the charge was introduced.

 

What YOU need to know about the charge

  • This charge is for every large shop in the UK, however smaller retailers can charge on a voluntary basis
  • You can avoid the charge by bringing your own bags or purchasing a bag for life
  • You will not be charged for a bag if contains raw meat and fish, prescription medicines, unwrapped food, seeds, bulbs or flowers

The Government is optimistic about this new scheme. On its website it states:”We expect to see a significant reduction in the use of single-use plastic carrier bags as a direct result of the charge – by as much as 80% in supermarkets and 50% on the high street.”

This is not a tax and the money from the charge does not go to the Government.

Some retailers have decided to donate the money raised to charity.

All retailers are required to the Government each year before the 31st May about the amount of bags they have sold and what they do with the money from the charge.