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Carrier Bag Charging in Wales

On 1 October 2011 the Welsh Assembly Government will introduce a 5p minimum charge on all carrier bags used in Wales. This will cover all retailers and products including; food, clothing and items for the home.

Asda will be complying with the new law by introducing a 5p charge on our single use carrier bags. Customers will be charged for the bags they need at the checkout in store.

We know our customers want to do the right thing when it comes to protecting their environment, which is why we offer a ‘Bag for Life’ for just 6p. This bag can be used over again – and if it becomes damaged or unusable, we’ll replace it for free.

Where will the money go?

All money from the charge (after VAT) will be donated to local charities that have been selected by your colleagues in store. That means that by reusing your bags, you will be doing your bit to protect the environment, but, if you do need a bag, you can be comfortable that the money is going to good causes in your area.

What about Home Shopping?

The new charge does apply to home shopping deliveries. We are offering customers the option to have their shopping delivered ‘bagless’, which means our delivery drivers will bring your shopping to your door in plastic crates free of charge. Alternatively, you can opt for a flat charge to be added to your shopping order to cover the charge.

Posted in Press Centre on 28 September 2011