United Kingdom: MPs condemn exemption of small retailers from plastic bag charge

Guardian: Government plans for a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags, aimed at discouraging their use, have been sharply criticised by MPs for not going far enough. The influential environmental audit select committee published its report on the plans on Tuesday, accusing the government of ignoring calls to force all retailers to apply the charge. Ministers have decided to exempt small retailers, arguing it would be unfair and costly to small businesses such as corner shops. But the MPs said that excluding......

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