Small retailers exempt from plastic bag levy | Packaging News | Jobs | Production | Design | InnovationPosted on June 22, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Ministers have opted to exempt small retailers from enforcing the levy, which it says would be unfair and costly to small businesses such as local newsagents and convenience stores.
The Committee had recommended the government not proceed with its plan for a biodegradable plastic bag exemption because of the risk of contamination to plastic recycling and the potential confused messages shoppers would get.
The government concluded that a biodegradable plastic exemption will not be included in the legislation until standards for the bags have been finalised.
“I am pleased, however, that the government has conceded that the proposed exemption for biodegradable plastic bags could cause problems for the UK’s recycling industry and will now not be included when the charge is introduced next year,” added Walley.
The UK govt is correct to not exempt ‘biodegradable’ bags as there are so many confusing claims around biodegradable these days that it would not be possible to verify all the claims. So a simple catch all ban is the best choice.
However to exempt small business is not a good idea. Every one should have the same conditions. All bags should be charged for. This is the only way consumer will get the message that these bags they use are very harmful to the environment.