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Cost benefit analysis of bags for life charges in Wales

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The Environment (Wales) Act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
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There are 2 carrier bag provisions in the Environment (Wales) Bill.
  • To extend the powers in the Climate Change Act 2008 to enable Welsh Ministers to set a minimum charge for other types of carrier bags in addition to single use carrier bags
  • To place a duty on sellers of carrier bags to apply the net proceeds of the charge to good causes as specified in Regulations.  

In addition, the Bill will also remove the current restriction that the net proceeds of the carrier bag charge may only be applied to environmental good causes and extend their application to any good cause.