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06/06/2014

ACS Calls for Small Business Inclusion in Carrier Bag Charge

Further to the announcement in the Queen’s speech that a 5p carrier bag charge will be introduced for big businesses, ACS has called on Ministers to include small businesses in these plans.

Public Affairs Director of the Association of Convenience Stores, Shane Brennan said: “Compulsory carrier bag charging is a policy that works. It significantly reduces carrier bag usage, it saves retailers money and it generates money for good causes. We are pleased ministers are confirming their commitment to bring this in next year. However we remain convinced that the proposed exemption from the charge for small and medium sized business is unnecessary and unhelpful. We will continue to press ministers to make the 5p charge universal in England, as it is the case in the existing and proposed schemes in the rest of the United Kingdom.”

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