Levy on plastic bags could double

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Ministers are considering doubling the 5p levy on plastic bags and making this a compulsory measure for all shops, according to The Guardian.

The Prime Minister is reportedly planning to announce the proposals next week to encourage the reuse of carrier bags and reduce the UK’s reliance on plastics.  

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Reports have suggested that Theresa May is planning to open a consultation to increase the charge and implement it to all retailers, ending the exemption for those employing fewer than 250 people.  

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Ministers have also previously announced the intention to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, as well as a plan for a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates of drinks bottles and cans.  

The number of disposable carrier bags issued by the seven biggest supermarket chains has declined by 86% since the charge was introduction, said The Guardian.  

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