Today sees the imposition of Nanny's 5p (minimum - watch out for retailers trying to screw you) plastic bag tax in England.
Staff at major retailers will ask you to pay the charge at checkouts. At self-checkouts, you will be asked to declare how many bags you have used and the charge will be applied (make sure you lie).
The charge applies to “single-use” thin plastic bags – the technical specification is:
- has handles
- 70 microns thick or less
The law does not actually specify how much the bags should cost, but retailers have been told to charge at least 5p.
If you are getting food delivered from a major supermarket, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco will give you the option of a bagless delivery, or a flat rate of 40p. Morrisons and Ocado are charging 5p for each bag used, but will pay 5p for every bag returned.
The legislation applies to all types of shops, but only to retailers with more than 250 employees. However, watch out for your local shop trying to make extra money.
Where, oh where, does the money go?
Wherever the retailers wish!
Yes, that's right, wherever the retailers wish.
In other words they can keep it!
Nanny "expects" retailers to donate the money to worthy causes, and will be asking for reports on where the money goes.
"It's OK, the £1.5 BILLION bag tax is going to charity" pic.twitter.com/4yyn4PIJMU— Old Holborn (@Holbornlolz) October 5, 2015
Needless to say Nanny gets her share too.
Via VAT, Nanny has predicted an income of £19m a year from the VAT charged on the bags.
Ker Farking Ching!
Happy Plastic Bag Tax Day Everyone!
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