Carrier Bag Charge, one week to go: Retailers at the ready

With just a week to go from today (Monday 13th October 2014) until Scotland’s Carrier Bag Charge comes into force, The Co-operative Food has teamed up with Zero Waste Scotland to show retailers are at the ready, with in-store branding helping inform customers about the new charge.

13 Oct 14

Zero Waste Scotland has been working with retailers ahead of the new charge, and today (Monday), Litter Programme Manager David Barnes visited the store to see how preparations are going.

The Co-operative Food has provided training to colleagues in all its 400 stores across Scotland, from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south, ahead of the charge. It has also pledged that, as well as a 5p charge, it will also donate profits from the sale of its entire shopping bag range, including woven shopping bags and bags for life, to boost local good causes.

Today the firm showcased in-store branding in the newly-refurbished Stirling store, which reminds shoppers to bring their own bags to avoid the 5p charge.

Zero Waste Scotland is reminding retailers they can visit to access a wide range of promotional materials free of charge for stores, including artwork for posters, till-points, shelves and till receipts. A staff training video is also available.

John McNeill, Regional Stores Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:


“Colleagues in all our Scottish stores have been busy preparing for the new charge, and our commitment to add the profits from sales of our re-usable bags in Scotland will ensure good causes benefit even more. We share the aspiration of reducing the number of single use carrier bags that are distributed, and together we can reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in our communities.”

David Barnes, Litter Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“With just a week to go until the Carrier Bag Charge comes into force in Scotland, it’s great to see local stores like The Co-operative in Stirling getting ready for charge coming in and helping to keep customers informed about the change as of Monday 20th October.  Zero Waste Scotland is reminding retailers and shoppers alike to be prepared.

 “Shoppers can avoid the charge and help reduce the number of bags in circulation by remembering to bring their re-usable bags when they pop to the shops after 20th October.

“Zero Waste Scotland has a dedicated website for retailers featuring a host of useful tools and materials, to ensure they are fully prepared when the charge goes live on 20th October.”

The information is available at

Shoppers who want to know more about what the charge means for them can visit  

For more information contact:

Claire Munro, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

e: t: 01786 239791 m: 07702976594

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