Starting today, large shops in Watford and across the country will have to charge five pence for all single use plastic carrier bags they provide.
In Watford around 12 million bags were given out by the major supermarkets in just one year. The introduction of this law aims to protect the environment from litter and pollution by reducing the use of plastic bags by 80% in the big supermarkets and 50% on the high street.
If residents have plastic bags that they need to recycle – they can be taken to any of the larger supermarkets, or they can just be put in your black bin.
Similar 5p charges for plastic bags are already in place across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Residents can avoid paying the charge either by reusing single use plastic carrier bags, or by using multi-use bags for life.
Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “As well as being bad for the environment and for wildlife, plastic bags littering our town is just so unsightly. They look awful stuck in bushes and shrubs. I often forget my bag for life – we all do – but this new charge should act as a useful reminder!”
To encourage our residents to banish plastic bags from the town, the council will be giving Watford branded re-usable bags to the market traders to give to their shoppers over Christmas. Another good reason to shop local this festive season.