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On the back of its announcement earlier this month, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has from today (21 May) extended the 10p carrier bag levy to all retailers.
The levy will apply to bags sold by large, medium, small, micro and airport retailers, with a fine in place for retailers that do not comply.
Defra guidelines state bags must be single-use, unused, plastic and 70 microns thick or less, and have handles and an opening.
Food retailers and packaging companies are looking towards biodegradable and compostable alternatives to replace single-use plastic
Research carried out by Eunomia Research and Consulting found that these schemes will effectively reduce the amount of single-use plastic litter in the Mediterranean region
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