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Are you happy to pay for your shopping bags?

Did you know that from Monday 5 October 2015 it will become compulsory for many shops in England to charge for plastic bags?

People in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have been paying for plastic bags for a few years now and from next week England is joining in. It will become compulsory for shops with more than 250 workers overall to charge for plastic bags, so most of the high street stores will be included in this.

The reason behind this is to discourage the use of plastic, which consumes fossil fuels during manufacturing and leads to a lot of litter after use. Retailers are ‘expected’ to donate the proceeds from the sale of plastic bags to ‘good causes’ – but good causes are not necessarily the same as registered charities.

So will you willingly pay the new charges on 5 October, knowing that your money is going to some ‘good causes’?

What are your views?  Do you already take your own bags shopping? Are you happy to pay for your shopping bags? Will you change your shopping habits next week and go prepared?

Are you happy to pay for your shopping bags?

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major red
22nd Aug 2016
0
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not when split on way home but use life time bags
Dubtom
7th Nov 2015
1
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Now I have a reason to start using all the 'bags for life' carefully stored in my boot!
julieash
6th Nov 2015
3
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I am happy to pay, but mostly I take my own bags. Anything we can do to help the environment and wildlife is a good thing.
lizfid3
29th Oct 2015
1
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I have my shopping delivered without bags and always carry a couple of fold away shopping bags when I go out as I frequently find something I need to buy. These fold away bags are usually available in charity shops so I would rather buy them than pay for a piece of plastic.
daydreams
24th Oct 2015
1
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If I used plastic bags, then yes I would happily pay, but have always used my own, even shopping delivery has been done minus bags.
Barbara58
22nd Oct 2015
-1
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What if you go to a store and end up buying goods larger than your bag size, and they have no handles? I don't think the stores should charge to parcel up large purchases at all.
I'm hopelessly forgetful and often find myself needing to buy more groceries than intended - special offers etc etc - but I won't buy extra bags which I see as a courtesy for your custom.
nextchapter
21st Oct 2015
2
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You should have the choice of buying their bags or providing your own!
JayneW2
16th Oct 2015
2
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I have always taken my own bags so never have the need for carrier bags, I won't notice the new rule.
brownieowl
16th Oct 2015
1
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I take my own bags when shopping for groceries. But was surprised to be asked to pay for a bag when I bought a pair of shoes from Clarkes
Dora Millarvie
16th Oct 2015
1
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Been established in Scotland for some time now and certainly cuts down the number of plastic bags littering the area. Don't understand the indignation being shown in England when all other countries I.e. N Ireland, Wales and,as mentioned, Scotland have being doing it for some time
pattywest
16th Oct 2015
2
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I don't agree with this.
The quality of the bags have gone down in a lot of the shops since the charge came in.
The money raised would have been better spent in cleaning up the mess already done.
There will still be litter. It will not solve the problem at all.
judyap
12th Oct 2015
3
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I cannot understand all the fuss about plastic bagd. We should do as they do in France. On holiday there, we did a food shop. We had to buy their shopping bags to use. Then we made sure we always had the bags with us, and I still use them after at least five years use. Its not that difficult!
britmale
11th Oct 2015
2
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I take my own bags, just like my mum in the 50's 60's etc.
ladyluck
10th Oct 2015
4
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I take my own shopping bags with me all the time it is awful what plastic does to the environment xx
keith
10th Oct 2015
4
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We lived in Malta where plastic bags are 28c, and got used to carrying our own bags
jenbee
8th Oct 2015
3
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Should of happened a long time ago
boldstreeter
7th Oct 2015
3
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I take my own bags with me, I hate what these plastic bags are doing to the environment.
lizzie2
4th Oct 2015
6
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I don't mind paying for a bag, but won't need to as I always take my own bags. Hopefully, this charge will encourage shoppers to use their own bags.
Silver Belle
3rd Oct 2015
4
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There shouldn't be a charge because they shouldn't be used. There is no need for them. Take your own bag and help prevent all this plastic getting into our oceans and causing damage.
annewigg
3rd Oct 2015
2
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I already have shopping delivered bagless and to me it's just removing yer another stage in getting groceries from supermarket tocupboards, fridge or freezer. No more plastic to clog landfill sites either.
celtwitch
2nd Oct 2015
3
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I go shopping wearing the trousers my dad wore when he was a POW in Stalag Luft 9. they have deep concealed pockets that he used to dispose of tunnel soil. I find them invaluable as they can hold a full weeks shopping for myself, my cay and my dog.
However, I do get some funny looks when I lift my coat and stuff a cucumber, a cabbage, a 6 pack of Chappie, a large loaf, a bag of frozen peas and a Black Forest Gateau down the front of my trouser, before doing a sort of John Wayne walk/stagger back to my horse, I mean car!
Shannondoh
3rd Oct 2015
2
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Found this funny.sorry. would love to see you walking to the car
ShelleyB
1st Oct 2015
3
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I use my own bags, and have done for quite a few years now. Never pay for a bag you are going to through away....
g1gsw
1st Oct 2015
1
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I use my own bags.
joan boakes
1st Oct 2015
1
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I am not happy to pay for plastic bags.I reuse mine for black bin rubbish.It didn't matter in the old days when rubbish went directly into the bin and was then emptied into the cart. If the plastic bags sre biodegradable it shouldn't cause a polution problem.I know the Tesco ones are as I have stored things in them before and they have disintegrated. I think this scheme is just another government racket to collect money from us and I doubt that sny charities will see much of it.
ballet
30th Sep 2015
3
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I have always taken my own bags .. to do my shopping = not baskets - I still have them ( use them for props in stage productions) but they would not be big enough for the larger items - lrg cornflakes - lrg washing powder - etc., and I always have an old fashioned string bag in my handbag for emergencies !!!!!
h2o
30th Sep 2015
5
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I am more than happy to pay for a plastic carrier in a supermarket, that was the plan, to cut down trash on the planet. However in my humble opinion things have been taken to an extreme, and I object strongly having to pay 5p for a paper carrier bag to transport clothes that I have purchased, or for food wrapped in paper bags. I was charged 5p for a paper bag to wrap a greetings card, I think that is outrageous and not what was intended when this whole scheme was set up.
goldenbee
30th Sep 2015
2
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What did we do before plastic bags, I think we should stop making them for a few years and see if we can manage without them as we did before they existed. As long as they are so handy we will keep on using them.
Silverjan
30th Sep 2015
4
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Have recycled carrier bags for years now, and got several eco bags, keep some in the car too, so wouldn't need to buy any when it comes into force. Just a thought occurred as to whether Waitrose will be discontinuing their bag for life scheme too. Intend to ask on their site.
HEAPUS
30th Sep 2015
3
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Don't mind the brown paper carriers that Tesco use ,when rolled up they are great for starting the fire .
Tripoli
30th Sep 2015
5
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As a 'silver surfer' I can happily remember my mother using non-plastic bags for shopping. The advent of the plastic carrier has caused rubbish to increase and although there has been a lot of 'talk' about them disintegrating in landfills over the years, this is not totally true. There is now ample evidence that all that happens is that the plastic eventually becomes a form of dust which infiltrates into all organisms. Fish have been found to contain these particles. Personally, I'd prefer that all plastic is constructed in a way that it can be totally destroyed and plastic bags totally abolished. Perhaps if people stopped knee jerk reactions to incinerators, we could even stop using landfills - we can't keep filling our good earth with rubbish, encased in heavy plastic or not.
Wilf
30th Sep 2015
3
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Hi Tripoli I totally agree with you regarding plastic turning to "dust" I have read a lot recently about micro plastic bits in the rivers and especially sea and fish eat them as they are tiny and get into their bodies. We then eat them which is very worrying. I don't think we should have incinerators though...there is enough air pollution as it is and I for one would not want to live by one of these and breath in all that rubbish...even if it has been filtered.
Tripoli
30th Sep 2015
1
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Wilf, although I recognize your reservations about incinerators, how would you resolve the problem of waste disposal? We can't go on filling our earth and it's certainly not right to take our rubbish to poor countries who will get a few pounds for taking it in. I lived near a large pulp mill in Canada years ago, and until technology was able to help, it wasn't a pleasant experience going through the miasma produced by the mill. However, with new scrubber technology and other wonders of modern industry, the odour is hardly detectable. Every day thousands of tons of jet fuel is burned in our atmosphere, cars (and especially diesel vehicles) emit harmful pollution, even with catalytic converters. There is no 'nice' way to destroy our rubbish, but filling the earth anywhere with garbage, which produces our food, albeit animal, vegetable or fruit, must stop. Denmark, a smaller country than the UK has incinerators and apparently seem to be working very well.
Wilf
30th Sep 2015
1
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Tripoli-I agree with you its a difficult one but I just think all those chemicals in rubbish has got to be harmful. I also agree we are polluting the air with cars and aircraft etc. Technology will bring us solutions but we also need to cut back as much as possible on packaging and all the harmful byproducts. I think in 500 years time humanity will look back at the 20th and 21st century's and shake their heads in disbelief at the pollution and waste of mankind....but maybe we are just on the evolutionary steps to clean cars, industry etc...I think we are getting there slowly
ginawat
30th Sep 2015
1
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We usually take our own bags, but frequently over shoot the shopping. There's a lot of propaganda about plastic bags. They make good bin liners, tie up easily and are the same plastic as bought bin liners. Just another stealth tax.
nelliebear
30th Sep 2015
2
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At last , this should have been brought in long ago
I have noticed on shops that do charge already , folk seem to be happy to pay .
Wilf
30th Sep 2015
4
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Yes I agree its a good start. Think we should start to cut down on a lot of other needless packaging as well.
Swirls55
30th Sep 2015
5
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I live in Scotland where we've been doing this for a couple of years. It's amazing how quickly you get used to carrying a bag in your handbag and remembering to take bags into the supermarket with you. It works well here and I believe the 5p goes to charity.
I think Tesco home delivery make a 40p charge if you ask for bags.
goldenbee
30th Sep 2015
4
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I always carry a reusable bag and use my bags for life at the supermarket. Apart from the litter problem we are using up the worlds resources and why should we expect a bag to be free. PS I also shop in Accy market catwitch.
Llain
30th Sep 2015
2
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I spend a lot of time litter picking in my village and I rarely find plastic bags amongst the litter. There's always an abundance of drink tins, bottles, food packaging and chocolate and sweet wrappers scattered around. I've usually managed to fill black plastic sacks with litter without any plastic bags included. I always take my own bags with me to the supermarket and only rarely see anyone making use of their plastic bags. I really don't believe plastic bags are the main cause of the littler problem in my area.
GaryJoy
30th Sep 2015
0
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I object to paying for a carrier bag which is emblazoned with the shops name.......free advertising for them! I try to take bags with me but would happily pay small amount for sturdy recyclable paper bags!
Munsterlander
29th Sep 2015
6
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Why don't they give say 1% discount off the supermarket bill when you put the products in your own bags. Now there is an idea that would help. Also what about the home delivery from the internet not sure how this could work but maybe they should put all goods in plastic boxs they could collect the next week...that may be simpler
Wilf
30th Sep 2015
0
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Think this is a brilliant idea...better to make it a carrot than hit us with a stick!
celtwitch
29th Sep 2015
0
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I was on Accrington market one day and wanted some new potatoes. The stall holder weighed them out and asked, 'do you want a bag?'
'No' I said, just hand them to me one by one and I will secrete them about my person!'
The world is a very dangerous place at the moment and set to become even more so very soon. So, charging for carrier bags will make the horrors of the middle east go away, won't it?
nelliebear
30th Sep 2015
0
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What a load of tosh !
Munsterlander
29th Sep 2015
2
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Thats true but it may well help with stopping rubbish all over the place!
Marley444
29th Sep 2015
2
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I just got an email from Ocado saying that from Monday they will also be charging. However, from the 28th September, they will give you 5p for every used bag you give them to recycle. And that’s not just their carrier bags, they will happily give you 5p for carrier bags from other supermarkets too!! I just hope they improve their packing, as quite often they put just one item in a carrier bag!!!!
moray
29th Sep 2015
0
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Who is getting the cash from the bag sales? Just another rip off.
Wilf
30th Sep 2015
1
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Yes but I do think we need to stop all the litter and waste from our society
JohnHerb
29th Sep 2015
6
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I didn't know that but I do think its a good thing. Its madness having billions of plastic bags and I see lots on the roadside etc. In years gone by we used to take a bag with us for shopping we should do the same again. I go into places like M&S food shops and always refuse a bag as its just so wasteful. In some countries I have been to there are thousands of bogs in roads and its just such an eyesore. Ban them all and lets start saving planet earth!

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