Tesco has recently announced that their use of disposable plastic bags has declined by 78% in England in the last two months since they started charging 5p for them. This should come as no surprise, being exactly in line with the experience of other countries such as Ireland and Wales. In the meantime, the RSA has urged small retailers to voluntarily charge for these bags. Certainly all the feedback we have received from our members who have done so has been positive, with little customer resistance and a real decline in plastic bag usage. We would yet again advise smaller retailers exempt from the legislation to nevertheless charge on a voluntary basis – it really is a no-brainer!
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