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ACS calls for measured approach to carrier bag charging

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the government to take a measured approach to carrier bag charging in England.

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ACS calls for measured approach to carrier bag charging

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the government to take a measured approach to carrier bag charging in England.

Responding to calls from environmental groups to introduce charging for carrier bags, ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "Our members' experience in Wales suggests that if introduced properly, compulsory carrier bag charging can reduce waste, save costs and cement retailers’ status in their communities.

"The Welsh scheme allows local shops to use the income from carrier bag charging to support good causes as they see fit, and does not impose unnecessary record-keeping and reporting requirements. If a scheme was introduced in England on a similar basis, we would support it, but would urge detailed consultation to ensure unintended burdens are not placed on retailers."

Research among ACS members in Wales has revealed a 71% reduction in carrier bag usage since charging was introduced.  

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