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Carrier bag charge could be extended to all shops

The 5p charge for plastic bags could be extended to cover nearly all retailers, as part of government plans for the environment.

Shops with fewer than 250 employees are currently exempt from the charge, which was introduced in England in October 2015.

It's thought the proposal will be part of the government's 25-year environment plan, which is being unveiled tomorrow, as reported by the BBC.

The government said the charge for single-use plastic bags has contributed to a reduction in use of nearly 90 per cent.

The charge applies to every new plastic bag used in shops or chains with 250 or more full-time employees. Under the new proposals, the charges will also apply at convenience stores, independent retailers and small local chains.

Plastic bags at airport shops or on board trains, planes or ships are currently not included, nor are paper carrier bags.

There is likely to be a consultation on extending the 5p charge in England.

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