A five pence mandatory charge for single use plastic carrier bags is to be introduced from 5st October 2015. The new legislation requires large retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use plastic bag issued to customers.
Chelmsford Star Co-op will be introducing chargeable bags across its food stores including an extra large vest bag for 5p and a foldaway pocket bag for £1. The department stores will change from plastic bags to free paper bags.
Society Secretary Ellen Tredwin commented;