DIY retailer B&Q has introduced a charge for plastic carrier bags in England, ahead of a Government levy coming into force next year.
Customers will be charged 5p for standard plastic carrier bags, with 100% of the proceeds going to a chosen charity, which for 2014 is Children in Need.
A compulsory charge for carrier bags is due to be introduced in 2015 and is already in force in Scotland and Wales.
B&Q first started charging for carrier bags in Scotland in trials 10 years ago.
Matthew Sexton, director of corporate social responsibility at B&Q, said: “Thanks to the schemes we’ve introduced in Wales and Scotland over the last 10 years, we’ve already succeeded in significantly reducing carrier bag usage.
“The widening of this scheme to England, ahead of the official Government levy, is testament to our commitment to reducing waste. Should our customers need to purchase a bag, they can be confident that by doing so, they’re playing their part in helping a good cause.”