Charities barely see 5p carrier bag cash | News

The 5p charge on plastic bags cost shoppers £105m last year it has been revealed — but only £25m went to named charities despite a government pledge that it would go to green causes.

Many retailers kept some of the cash, claiming they needed it to cover the costs of the scheme, which entails consumers paying 5p a bag. Others said they gave the proceeds to charity — but did not name them.

Fifty firms, including Iceland, Argos, Halfords and River Island opted not to disclose specific details, although all stated that net proceeds did go to charity.

Others deducted large costs. The music store HMV sold 3.2m bags raising £135,000 but kept £60,000 in costs. Similarly, WH Smith raised £206,000 but kept £76,000.


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