Commenting on the news that the Government will introduce a 5p charge on all single-use plastic carrier bags in England, as announced in the Queen’s Speech today, David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, said:
“Many consumers have become more conscious around recycling and the damage caused by plastic bags and try to reduce their use where possible. However a 'bag tax' at a grocer will simply tax the absent minded who forget to bring bags with them, rather than tackling the wider problem of excessive packaging. It seems incongruous when one considers the expensive packaging that non-food retailers put into their bags to promote their brand in the fashion world.
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