Starbucks sees 156% boost in reusable cups after 5p charge

It will also be testing alternative solutions for plastic straws across 54 stores in London and Manchester next month

Theresa May considers charge on plastic bottles

Theresa May has suggested she is considering introducing a 5p tax on single-use plastic bottles to help clean up the environment. The Prime Minister said the move would be helpful in changing consumer behaviour. A similar levy on carrier bags has resulted in an 83% reduction in the number of single-use plastic bags being used […]

5p plastic bag charge ‘messed up by ministers’

Ministers risk “messing up” plans for a 5p charge on plastic bags by making it too complicated. Last September the Deputy Prime Minister announced the mandatory charge for single-use plastic carrier bags in England from Autumn 2015. But MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee fear plans to exempts biodegradable bags and corner shops from the […]

MPs open inquiry into 5p plastic bag charge

MPs will look at how best to cut the use of plastic shopping bags in a new inquiry launched by the Environmental Audit Committee. Their main focus will be the impact of the proposed 5p charge on plastic bags due to start in England in 2015. The MPs will examine its potential effect on the […]

Scotland slaps 5p charge on plastic carrier bags

Scotland is following the lead from Wales and slapping a charge of five pence on single use carrier bags to encourage people to use less of them. Wales brought in a 5p charge two years ago and last week the Scottish Government announced its own rule will kick in by October 2014. All Scottish retailers […]