over carrier bag charges
Environment Minister Jane Davidson has said she was confident people would “embrace” the planned charge from March next year amid the need to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
More than 400m carrier bags are used in Wales each year. It could take up to 1,000 years for some bags to degrade.
But CBI Wales said retailers in Wales had already cut carrier bag use by 49% in two years, without the need for legislation.
Director David Rosser said firms would normally expect 12 18 months to plan for a change of this scale, and he claimed some “big retailers” had not been formally told of the assembly government proposals.
Continue reading the main storyPLASTIC BAG FACTFILE
UK consumers took home an estimated 9.9bn carrier bags in 2008, equivalent to 400 bags per household
Wales used around 480m bags last year
Plastic bags account for 2.7% of litter by weight (Keep Wales Tidy figures)
The estimated co Skechers Boots st of removing this specific litter is 1m annually. All litter removal costs Wales annually 37m
Plastic bags account for 2.1% of all litter found on beaches
Source: Welsh Assembly Government
He said: “Preparing for a nationwide charge in all Skechers Boots supermarkets, DIY stores, fast food takeaways and clothes shops takes a considerable amount of time.
“With Welsh government guidance not available until January 2011, retailers will have only two months to plan with certainty.
“It is simply not reasonable to expect retailers to plan for the charge over the Christmas period which is the busiest part of the retail year.
“We just cannot understand why the Welsh Assembly Government is in this big rush.”
Mr Rosser said ministers first concern “must be the Welsh consumer” and called on them to revert to their original plan of charging from October 2011.
The Welsh Assembly Government said it had agreed to a request from retailers to start in March rather than October to avoid the run up to Christmas.
“Retailers have known about the introduction of this charge for a considerable amount of time already. Our first consultation on this was in September last year.”
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