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plastic bag tax: it\'s here, and it\'s green, but retailers will decide where the money goes

by:Osgoodway     2021-01-19
Six out of ten people believe that funds raised from the new plastic bag charges that will take effect in the UK tomorrow should be used by local communities for environmental protection, and an exclusive survey of the Independent on Sunday showed today.
YouGov polls show that the vast majority of people do not realize that supermarkets and retailers have the right to keep as much money as they want from the 5 p fees charged on shopping bags.
Although the government instructed that the funds raised should be donated to charity, it was reported that the legislation introducing a 5 p fee did not state that the money should be donated to charity, there is no legal requirement for the store to hand over the cash raised.
Retailers can deduct administrative and employee training fees from the money collected, which may further compromise trust in the charges.
According to the survey data, consumers are likely to be misled in the chaos of policy introduction, and people mistakenly believe that the cost of 5 p is a tax imposed by the government.
Some people mistakenly believe that the government will use the money for the environment, while 36 do not know where the money will go.
Only 18 per cent rightly believe that the money will be used for environmental reasons decided by supermarkets and retailers.
Only 14% think retailers should decide what environmental reasons cash is spent on.
In the vast majority of cases, 59 people want the local people to decide which green charities will benefit from the funds raised, while only 15 think it should be chosen by the government.
Fee of 5 p applies to single
Plastic bags are used in stores and retailers employing more than 250 people.
However, certain goods, such as fresh meat and fish, are exempt from tax.
In Wales, 5 p charge was introduced in 2011, plastic-
Bag usage has dropped by 70, and similar declines have occurred in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
However, the head of a grass-roots environmental social enterprise raised concerns last night, saying local communities should have a say in the money\'s spending.
Chris Gourlay, founder and chief executive of public-funded platform space hive, has raised three pounds.
For grass-roots projects, 5 m said: \"If the public is not clear where the money will go and who will benefit, it will raise several pounds.
\"The legislation doesn\'t even mention good reasons-so who knows where the money will end up?
Local communities across the country are best placed to decide how to use the money.
Whether you want to transform a playground and revive an old building or create something new by using public-funded platforms like Spacehive, supermarkets and governments can ensure that there is a simple, democratic and transparent way for people to express their opinions.
However, friends of the Earth said that the main purpose of the 5 p charge is to reduce the plastic-
The priority is to use the bag.
Sam Lao of resource company
The user activist for Friends of the Earth said: \"The main benefit of the 5 p plastic bag charge is that it will reduce waste by reducing the amount of a plastic bag
Use the bags created and change the way shoppers and shops think about how plastic bags are used.
\"Any funds raised from the charges are extra bonuses that can help to do a good job.
It would be great if retailers really put money into the environmental business to mitigate their impact on resources.
However, we do not want to see the money limited to environmental charities.
Mr. Lao urged the government to extend the range of fees to small businesses, as the current policy \"conveys complex information to the public, just expanding the range of fees to large businesses \".
He added: \"In Wales, big and small businesses say the 5 p charge has no effect on trade.
\"The government should also support the EU-level waste Progress policy and start reducing our waste mountain.
Tesco last week offered a limited number of free \"lifetime packs\" to help shoppers prepare for the change, adding that it expects the cost of 5 p to be \"the biggest --
The source of charitable funds raised from customers is very single and tens of millions of dollars need to be raised \".
The supermarket giant also revised the design of its single
Use shopping bags to make them stronger and claim to require fewer shopping bags each time you shop.
Tesco also said it would use the funds raised to cover a large number of local environmental improvement projects in communities across the UK, but did not clarify how much administrative fees would be used.
As the environmental improvement charity foundation handles funding, shoppers will have the opportunity to choose which good causes to get funding.
Rebecca Shelley, communications director at Tesco group, said: \"We do everything we can to help our customers minimize the environmental impact of fees by helping them recycle and re-use their bags.
We will also work with our customers to ensure that the millions of dollars raised from baggage charges have a real impact on our local community.
A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said that the funds raised will be split and that the company has been charging 5 p for its standard food transport bags since 2007, half of them are local charities and community charities selected by individual stores, and half are various national charities, including Macmillan Cancer, now the breast cancer and Marine Conservation Association.
A spokesman for Whiterose said: \"Every penny raised from the sale of shopping bags will enter a new community and environmental fund without deducting costs.
Every year, a valuable career will be decided.
Jonathan isab, chief executive officer of the taxpayer union, said: \"plastic bag charging is the worst government intervention because it increases the cost of living for consumers and creates problems for retailers.
There are so many exemptions for this charge that the policy can cause considerable confusion, and the poor definition of retailer obligations will leave a big question mark on where the funds raised will actually go.
In the UK, any retailer with 250 or more employees must charge a single fee of 5 p.
Use the bag from tomorrow.
Small companies can charge voluntary fees.
The fee is not a tax, which means the money will not go to the government.
The fee applies to plastic bags that have not used handles before.
Exemptions include uncooked fish and fish products, uncooked meat and poultry, unpackaged foods such as potato chips, unpacked loose seeds, flowers, bulbs, or contamination of soil such as potatoes or plants
Unpacked blades also include axe, knife and blade, prescription drug and goldfish.
Luggage at the airport or on trains and boats and for services such as giving away promotional materials or dry cleaning or shoe repair are all tax-free.
Recycled multiple use bags, known as lifetime bags, are also tax-free.
Any bag containing duty-free items, such as a box of cornflakes, is charged.
Biodegradable bags cannot be exempted because they still cause damage when they break down.
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Can develop bags.
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