Scotland Single Use Carrier Bag Charge
Article Date: 2014-09-26
From 20thOctober 2014 all retailers in Scotland will charge a mandatory fee of at least 5p for each new paper or plastic carrier bag people use when they are shopping (these are known as ‘single use carrier bags’, or bags designed to be disposed of after one use). The charge doesn’t just apply at supermarkets and grocers, it applies everywhere from supermarkets and corner shops to takeaways and clothes shops. The Scottish Government has introduced the mandatory charge to reduce the number of bags that could become litter.
From 20th October, every new paper or plastic shopping bag will carry a mandatory charge of at least 5p The charge doesn’t just apply at supermarkets and grocers; it applies everywhere from supermarkets and corner shops to takeaways and clothes shops. Remember to take your carrier bags with you when you go shopping and save yourself at least 5p The Scottish Government has introduced the mandatory charge to reduce the number of bags that could become litter. Keeping Scotland free from litter is central to making sure Scotland’s people have clean, safe places to live, work and play You can avoid the charge by bringing your own bags. ‘Bags for life’ are available at very low cost at many supermarkets Retailers will be encouraged to donate the net proceeds of the charge to good causes of their choice. The Scottish Government is keen to see environmental protection and litter prevention charities benefit from the donations. Retailers can formalise their donation pledge through singing up to the Carrier Bag Commitment (for more information see http://carrierbagchargescotland.org.uk/).
For more information please click here for the ‘Single Use Carrier Bag Charge Partner Toolkit’