5P FOR A CARRIER BAG? - are you having a laugh?

Shoppers will be charged 5p for a carrier bag from Monday

Shoppers will be charged 5p for a carrier bag from Monday

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From Monday shoppers in England will be charged 5p for every plastic carrier bag they use in large supermarkets.

Notts folk will be asked to dig deep for the extra charge at supermarkets who employ 250 or more full-time staff.

Buy why is this happening? Well, according to figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 7.64bn plastic bags were handed out to customers in supermarkets in 2014 in England, an increase of more than 200million compared to 2013.

The idea behind the charge is to stop people using unlimited bags and re-use old ones.

England is the last country in the UK to apply the charges, with Wales the first to do it in 2011, Scotland in 2013 and Northern Ireland in 2014.

Critics have said that it just another ‘money-making’ scheme, whilst others claim that the answer is simple; Bring your own bags.

So what do you think? Will you continue to shop at the larger stores? Or are you so outraged you will take your custom elsewhere? Leave you views in the comment box below.