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UK Plastic bag charge set to be doubled to 10p

Geoff Riley

27th December 2018

Externalities and government intervention in action. The UK government DEFRA is consulting on plans to increase the price of smaller plastic bags to 10 pence in a bid to tackle plastic pollution and cut the use of single-use carriers. 5p bag sales already have the potential to raise revenue to support good causes and there has been a sizeable cut in the usage of plastic bags. There seems to be broad public support for extending these charges to plastic bottles and cans. The European Union has just announced a ban on single use plastic such as disposable plates and straws.

Number of single-use plastic carrier bags issued by large supermarkets in England in 2017/18
Plastic bag charge to be doubled to 10p
Would you support or oppose a ban on each of the following products being entirely or partly made out of plastic?

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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