From today customers will have to pay 5p if they want a plastic bag when they go shopping.
In a bid to reduce the 7.6 million bags handed out each year, large retailers will have to start charging for bags – which has predictably prompted Twitter users to share their opinions on the matter.
England is the last country in the UK to bring in the fee, with Scotland bringing in the change last year and Wales charging for bags since 2011.
Some found the humour in the new fee:
I may not be successful or able to provide for a family but GOD DAMN I knew stockpiling #plasticbags in a drawer would come in handy one day— Ryan Bassil (@ryanbassil) October 5, 2015
While some struggled to find the funny side...
Don't take it out on the till people....well don't charge 5p for a bag. Stupid law #Plasticbags— Bradley Goodwin (@BradleyGoodwin_) October 5, 2015
I understand the whole #plasticbags thing but it couldn't be more annoying.— Chloe Metzger (@chloemetzger) October 5, 2015
Some users looked to alternatives to plastic bags:
why not just stop producing plastic bags and start producing biodegradable bags— Natasha (@kitzingerr) October 1, 2015
And others just took the opportunity to make some jokes:
Imagine slamming a pound coin on the Tesco counter before eating 20 plastic bags whilst continually maintaining eye contact with the staff.— Dan (@ThatConnArtist) October 4, 2015
SAVE 5p on plastic bags by rifling through local dog poo bins. @TwopTwips— Marty Lawrence (@TeaAndCopy) October 5, 2015
Avoid the plastic bag tax, by eating everything at the checkout.— TittyBiscuits. (@dawneywawney) October 5, 2015
Supermarkets to charge 5p for plastic bags. Waitrose to charge 12p for free range, organic 'sac plastique'.— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) October 5, 2015
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