I just saw an article on the BBC News homepage and had to share: it’s titled Plastic bag charge a ‘complete mess’.
I wrote a while ago (see Week 8: Plastic Bags) that the government is thinking of introducing a 5p charge for plastic bags – but only in large stores and supermarkets.
This follow-up BBC article encapsulates everything I feel about it. It’s a good small step in the right direction, but it’s overly complicated and the example of other countries (Wales, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic) imposing an overall charge on bags seems to be working – why won’t England follow suit?
Take a look and let me know your thoughts! Do you know anywhere else that a charge for disposable bags has been a success?