The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 (SI 2015/776)

Jurisdiction: England

Commencement: 21st March 2020

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

Mini Summary

Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 brings into force the requirement of retailers with 250 or more employees 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 5p.


Single use carrier bags only intended for use to carry goods that have been purchased online for home delivery (e.g. bags used to hold groceries delivered to a household by a supermarket) do not need to be charged for between 21st March 2020 and 21st September 2020. After this date, large retailers will need to once again charge a minimum of 5 pence for single use carrier bags used for home delivery.

This 6 month exemption has been put in place as part of the response to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

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