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42 MARKET TIMES • JUNE 2021 ALL traders in England must now
charge for single-use plastic bags
 THE compulsory 10p charge for sin- gle-use plastic carrier bags is now in force in England.
Now that the legislation is here traders in England (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, retailers of all sizes al- ready make a 5p charge for plastic bags) need to know the rules.
To be identified as a single-use charge- able carrier bag it must be:
• 70 microns or less
• must be unused
• must be plastic
• must have handles
After an enquiry from an NMTF
member, DEFRA has confirmed to us that traders must charge for biodegradable and compostable bags.
So far so good, but additionally there are a number of exemptions depending on the bag’s purpose.
It will not be chargeable if it is used
for:
• Uncooked fish and fish products
• Uncooked meat, poultry and their
products
• Unwrapped food for animal or human
consumption eg chips, or food sold in containers not secure enough to prevent leakage during normal handling
• Unwrapped loose seeds, flowers, bulbs, corms, potatoes and plants
• Unwrapped blades, including axes, knives, and razor blades
• Prescription medicines Or if it is a:
• Woven plastic bag
• A bag for life
• Bag given away for promotional use.
Unlike large businesses there will be no legal requirement to keep records.
There are fixed term penalties up to £200 for not charging for bags appro- priately.
For Government guidance on this new law click here.
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