Swansea City Centre and Swansea Bay from Kilvey Hill. Credit: Wiccasha
Today, October 1st, 2011 marks the beginning of a 5p charge for single-use bags in the country of Wales. All retailers must levy the fee for any bag, paper or plastic, distributed to the customer.
As reported on March 16th of this year, Wales is the first country in the United Kingdom to levy a charge on single-use carrier bags.
Some small businesses have said that they weren't provided enough information about the bag fee. John Griffiths, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, said the awareness campaign consisted of 40,000 packets of information sent out to businesses along with extensive media coverage and external advertising.