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Morrisons trials 30p plastic bag charge

Supermarket Morrisons is trialling a 30p charge for its reusable plastic bags in some stores in Wales.

Its reusable plastic bags currently cost 20p, but the trial means that Morrisons' bags are now 20p more expensive than those in some other major supermarkets.

It's the third time the store has trialled increasing costs this year, with reusable bags having cost 10p in January.

The chain is also trialling increasing the cost of its paper carrier bags from 20p to 25p and says the money made from the scheme will be invested into "plastic reduction initiatives".

Morrisons says it won't give more details of the trial, including whether or when it will be expanded to more stores, but it's possible a national roll-out could follow.

See Supermarket Shopping Tips for help on cutting your shopping bill, and also our 13 ways to use less plastic AND save cash.

How much do plastic bags cost in major UK supermarkets?

Since 2015, shoppers in England have had to pay at least 5p for every single-use plastic bag they buy when shopping at major stores, but that is set to rise to 10p next year.

Here is what major supermarkets currently charge:

Cost of reusable plastic bags at major UK supermarkets

Supermarket Plastic bag cost
Asda 15p
Morrisons 20p (30p in this trial)
Sainsbury's 10p
Tesco 10p

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