Five pence plastic bag charge to be introduced in England

England is to introduce a levy to try and reduce the use of plastic bags

The plastic bag levy will apply to consumers using single-use bags from shops with 250 staff or more. Smaller shops will be exempt. The money raised will go to retailers, although the government has urged that the proceeds then be donated to environmental charities.

Plastic bag use was at its highest in four years in 2012 with 8.1 billion bags issued by UK supermarkets, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

England will be the last UK nation to have such a levy. Since introducing a similar scheme in 2011, Wales has seen a 76% drop in plastic bag use.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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