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Posted 19 February 2016

Charges for carrier bags

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 (“the Order”) came into force on 5th October 2015 and requires all large businesses to charge a minimum of 5p for single use plastic bags.

A park owner will be deemed a large business if they employ 250 or more full-time employees.

A park owner deemed to be a large business will be required to report the number of bags sold, the price charged for the single use plastic bags, and what the monies raised from the sale of single use plastic bags was used for, to Defra. A large business may face penalties from trading standards if they fail to do this.

In certain circumstances a large business will be exempt from making a charge for single use plastic bags such as if the single use plastic bag is used for items such as:

  • Unwrapped food;
  • Unwrapped seeds, bulbs or flowers;
  • Unwrapped axes, knives or razor blades; or
  • Uncooked fish, meat or poultry, or their products.

Although park owners with less than 250 full-time employees are not required to make a charge for single use plastic bags, they can do so if they choose.

Further guidance on the Order’s requirements can be found at

If you have any queries regarding the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 or if you are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service contact the Parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email


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