5p for plastic bags from supermarkets, as of today
We've written about it for months and months, but you still might have missed the news because you weren't paying attention - today is the day when you have to pay 5p for a carrier bag down the shops.
This is an environmental move and all shops will have to do it. Some might not, but all the big supermarkets will definitely be doing it, that's if they're not doing it already.
This 5p tax is already a thing in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and now England has caught up. You'll have to buy a bag-for-life or start using the 5,000 carrier bags you've got stuffed under the sink.
It looks like this ruling works though. In Wales, the average person uses 2 carrier bags per month, while in England, 12 are used by the average person in a month. You may have noticed that a number of shops have been giving out bags-for-life last week, including some Tesco branches who were handing them out at the exits last week.
The 5p charge will go to charities and local causes, and the government reckon it'll raise over £70m a year. Tesco will be giving their customers the chance to vote in store and online for the charities and projects they'd like to see getting the money.
There are some exemptions in all this. Corner shops won't have to charge for plastic bags, and only bigger businesses that employ more than 250 people will have to impose the charge. Of course, environmental campaigners aren't at all happy with that, but then, when are they ever happy in all honesty?
Anyway, from now, start taking a rucksack to work or something, or be prepared to spend 5p on the carrier bags you use.