The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021

Jurisdiction: England

Commencement: 21st May 2021

Amends: The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

Mini Summary

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 brings into force the requirement of all retailers to charge a minimum amount for unused single use (lightweight) plastic bags used for taking goods out of shops or for delivering them. The amount to be charged to customers for the use of a single use plastic bag is a minimum of 10 pence.


The minimum amount that all sellers (i.e. a person who sells goods) must charge for a single use carrier bag in England is increased to 10 pence.

Small retailers, employing less than 250 staff, will no longer be exempt from the obligation to charge for a single use carrier bag.

Airports are now required to charge for single use carrier bags, to reduce their usage and the litter associated with them.

The expiry date of 5th October 2022 is removed from The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015.

Sealed transit bags (a bag which is intended to be used to carry alcohol or tobacco) are now included in Schedule 2 to the list of excluded bags.

The requirement to report on the number of single-use plastic bags is not extended to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. This obligation remains with large retailers only.

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