Quiz: When do you have pay for a carrier bag in Wales?

Carrier bag charges: Quick quiz

The Welsh Government is introducing a 5p levy on single use carrier bags from 1 October. However, there are exemptions. See if you can work out whether you have to pay for a bag or not in our quick quiz.

Plastic carrier bags

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these items would be exempt from the charge?

  1. Screws
  2. Screwdriver

2.) Multiple Choice Question

You are on a shopping trip and pick up your repaired shoes from a cobbler before buying a new pair of trainers. Which would require you to pay for a plastic bag?

  1. Repaired shoes from cobblers
    Man cleaning shoes
  2. Trainers


Bags not covered by the charge include those made from cloth, jute, cotton and hessian. Also, thick plastic bags for life are exempt from the charge as they are designed to be reused.

Green bag

3.) Multiple Choice Question

You are in a pharmacy and pick up some prescription pills and toothpaste. Which of these items would require you to pay for a plastic bag?

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Prescription pills


It is up to the retailer to charge appropriately - and you should be asked if you need a bag. If you do, you will need to pay. If you are given a bag you do not need and are charged without being asked, you can give it back and you won't have to pay.


4.) Multiple Choice Question

Are single use carrier bags used for internet food shopping delivered in Wales exempt?

Sainsbury internet delivery
  1. No
  2. Yes

5.) Multiple Choice Question

You would be charged for requesting a plastic bag after buying which item below?

  1. Goldfish bowl
  2. Goldfish

6.) Multiple Choice Question

You have had a night out and round it off at a fast food joint with fries while your friend buys a burger. Which one of you would pay for a plastic bag?

  1. You
  2. Your friend


  1. Very small plastic bags that do not have handles and are no more than 125mm (width) x 125mm (height) - which could be used for very small items such as buttons or small screws - are exempt.
  2. You do not pay for a bag if it is used in relation to a service, such as having your shoes repaired. However, you would have to pay for a single use bag if you had bought the shoes.
  3. Items provided on a free prescription or as part of other NHS services are not included in the charge. Bags used only for pharmacy medicines or items sold on prescription are also exempt.
  4. The answer is no. The Welsh Government recommends requesting bagless delivery to avoid being charged.
  5. Bags for live aquatic creatures in water such as fish, coral, crabs etc are exempt.
  6. If you went to a fast food restaurant and purchased a packet of fries and a burger then the fries can be placed in a free bag as they are only part wrapped and you would not be expected to place these in a reusable bag as there could be some food safety risks. If the burger is also placed in the bag, then the bag would be charged for. This is because it is safe to place wrapped food into a reusable bag.

Your Score

0 - 1 : Rubbish bag

2 - 3 : Don't get carried away

4 - 6 : Plastic fantastic

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