The charge applies to new, unused plastic bags of 70 microns thickness or less as long as they have handles and an opening and aren’t sealed. Larger stores have been required by law to keep a record of the number of bags sold though this isn’t likely to affect smaller stores following the government’s consultation.The government then expects stores to donate a proportion of the proceeds to charitable causes but stores are permitted to take a proportion of this to cover “reasonable” administrative costs. ShopMate EPoS can be programmed with hot-keys to make it easier to add a bag at the point of sale and it’ll keep accurate records of all sales to help you administer your donation. Some stores like to promote the charity they support to their customers through the use of their Media Master screen, especially if they support a local charity that is likely to engage their customers.
Online food delivery bags are temporarily not charged for, in order to protect health and safety of customers and delivery personnel throughout Covid 19. This charge will be reintroduced from 21st September 2020.