The government has confirmed the plastic bag charge is set to double from 5p to 10p and it'll apply to all shops on May 21.
Corner shops and smaller stores have been exempt from the plastic bag levy until now.
It was first announced by ministers last August.
Now the levy has been confirmed by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Since the charge was announced in England in 2015, the number of single-use bags sold in the major supermarkets has fallen by 95%.
The average shopper now buys just four single-use bags a year, compared to around 140 back in 2014.
Now the government is urging businesses to prepare for the new change over the next couple of weeks.
And if businesses don't comply with the rules, they could risk being hit with a fine.
In other news, Morrisons is replacing all plastic bags for life with reusable ones that cost 30p.
And earlier this year, Asda scrapped free plastic bags for vegetables so customers have to bring their own or pay 30p for a reusable.
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John Lewis is planning to trial the removal of single-use bags in its Cheltenham, Kingston and Leeds stores from May 21.
Customers will have to bring their own bags or buy a reusable bag costing between 50p and 75p, depending on the size.
James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said: "We strongly welcome the inclusion of local shops and other small businesses into the successful plastic bag charging scheme.
"It not only helps the environment, but is also a great way for retailers to raise money for local and national charities."
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