Carrier bag 5p levy needs rethink say businesses
Chief executive Russell Goodway said: “Local pharmacies will have to start introducing new arrangements asking patients for additional money based on rules that are far from clear and, in some cases, still not published. nike store ”
He said the 5p charge would apply to some bags with some medicines in and not to the same bags with other medicines in.
Continue reading the main storyNick Servini, BBC Wales business correspondent
Traders have been calling for light touch regulation at the beginning and they are certainly getting that with the three month bedding in period which means that there won be any full enforcement of the charge until January 2012.
That said, the British Retail Consortium says it expects all the big firms to comply with the charge straight away.
The early success relies to a large extent on whether consumers and retailers buy into it.
There are potential areas of c nike store onfusion. For example, if you pick up prescription medication at a chemist then you won have to pay for the bag as it exempted.
But if you pay for a bottle of shampoo at the same time at the check out, then you will have to pay 5p.
Another exemption is unwrapped or partially unwrapped food.
So if you go to a fast food restaurant nike store and order fries you won have to pay for the bag but you will pay if you order a burger with the fries because the burger is fully wrapped.
An exemption only applies if exempted items are the only products in the bag.
“With only a month to go, we are still discussing details with officials and that does not give sufficient planning time for businesses,” he added.
“Even at this late stage, we ask ministers to think again on imposing this tax on healthcare in Wales.”
The Federation of Small Businesses also said more information was needed for shoppers on what will happen.
Firms will have to keep track of the number of bags they hand out and, unless they employ fewer than 10 people, will be obliged to account for how the proceeds from the carrier bag charge are used.
Smaller outlets will still be required by law to pass the money on to environmental causes or charities.
Businesses can charge more than 5p for bags but the charge cannot be less.
Janet Jones, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Welsh Policy Unit, said: “The Welsh Government needs to make sure that the charge is advertised as widely as possible and that there is a soft touch with regard to enforcement.
“It is important to allow small businesses to embed this in a suitable way.
“It is also key that shoppers embrace this change as part of a strategy for a sustainable nike store Wales this can only be done by gaining their support and backing for the charge.”
Shoppers in Wales took home an estimated 350 million bags in 2009.
Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium, said many retailers had made preparations to comply with the law.