B&Q joins the plastic bag ban

B&Q is the latest retailer to charge for plastic bags

B&Q is the latest company to ban free plastic bags from all of its 320 stores.

The DIY superstore has laid out plans to charge a 5p fee for every carrier bag after a trial in Scotland and the North-East showed the fee reduced the number sold by 55%.

B&Q currently dishes out 80 million bags a year to its customers but has now declared its dedication to ‘reduce environmental pollution’.

A spokesman for the DIY chain said: ‘The 5p levy has been donated to Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Britain Tidy.’

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has backed the nationwide campaign to ban plastic bags, after Marks & Spencer led the high street scheme to charge for carriers.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has confirmed the nationwide campaign saying he intends to write to retailers and demand to know what plans they are taking towards the target of reducing bags by 25% by the end of 2008.

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