The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 has been recently updated and is due to be implemented in October this year.

This legislation means that a seller must charge a minimum of 5 pence (including any VAT) for each ‘single use carrier bag’ (SUCB). An SUCB means an unused bag made of lightweight plastic material with handles, other than an excluded bag.

There are a number of excluded bags, as follows:

  • Unwrapped food bag
  • Unwrapped loose seeds bag
  • Unwrapped blades bag
  • Prescription-only medicine bag
  • Uncooked meat food bag
  • Live aquatic creatures bag
  • Returnable multiple reuse bag
  • Woven plastic bag
  • Transit goods bag

For full details please click on the link below:

Carrier bags: why there’s a charge

Smith Bateson provides a range of environmentally-friendly products that meet the requirements of the legislation. For further information, please call our sales office on 0151 547 1801 or email

Published on Thursday, 05 February 2015