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Are retailers "bagging" the carrier bag levy in England? An exploratory enquiry

Are retailers "bagging" the carrier bag levy in England? An exploratory enquiry
Are retailers "bagging" the carrier bag levy in England? An exploratory enquiry
This paper examines the business impact of the legislation in England requiring retailers to charge consumers for single-use carrier bags. The legislation impacts three key stakeholders – Government, retailers, and consumers. The primary focus of this study is, however, from the perspective of retailers and how this group of stakeholders may have benefitted from the charge. Retailers are using the collected revenues to promote their image in the marketplace and presenting themselves as corporate social responsible entities. For retailers, the charge provides an avenue for bolstering their carbon footprint as consumers are expected to reuse their plastic bags – i.e. the “bag for life” as they now have to pay for them. At the same time, the proceeds are helping some retailers to top up their coffers which to some extent implies that there is some misuse or abuse of the policy by retailers.
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Jory, Surendranath
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Jory, Surendranath, Benamraoui, Abdelhafid, Madichie, Nnamdi, Chistodoulou, Ioannis and Ruiz-Alba, José L. (2019) Are retailers "bagging" the carrier bag levy in England? An exploratory enquiry. Journal of Environmental Management, 233, 845-853. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.003).

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This paper examines the business impact of the legislation in England requiring retailers to charge consumers for single-use carrier bags. The legislation impacts three key stakeholders – Government, retailers, and consumers. The primary focus of this study is, however, from the perspective of retailers and how this group of stakeholders may have benefitted from the charge. Retailers are using the collected revenues to promote their image in the marketplace and presenting themselves as corporate social responsible entities. For retailers, the charge provides an avenue for bolstering their carbon footprint as consumers are expected to reuse their plastic bags – i.e. the “bag for life” as they now have to pay for them. At the same time, the proceeds are helping some retailers to top up their coffers which to some extent implies that there is some misuse or abuse of the policy by retailers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 December 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 January 2019
Published date: 1 March 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 426675
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426675
ISSN: 0301-4797
PURE UUID: 922b16d8-eee7-4757-99d4-62d03be633a0
ORCID for Surendranath Jory: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8265-0001

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Date deposited: 10 Dec 2018 17:31
Last modified: 30 Jan 2020 05:12

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Author: Abdelhafid Benamraoui
Author: Nnamdi Madichie
Author: Ioannis Chistodoulou
Author: José L. Ruiz-Alba

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