Scotland’s Carrier Bag Charge – Support for retailers

Zero Waste Scotland is highlighting new information and support available to retailers on proposed carrier bag charging, after the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee took evidence today (Wednesday 21st May) on the introduction of a single-use bag charge in Scotland.

21 May 14

The committee heard from Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead on the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014, which, subject to parliamentary approval, are due to become law in October and will introduce a minimum 5p charge for single-use carrier bags in Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland is supporting Scottish retailers to help them understand their responsibilities to operate the charge.

Commenting after the session, Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Zero Waste Scotland is committed to supporting Scottish retailers to help them understand the proposed carrier bag regulations, including how the charge would operate.  We will work with all types of retailers affected by the proposed charge, in all parts of Scotland, to achieve a smooth transition to a system of charging.

“While the proposed charge for single-use carrier bags has yet to be approved by the Scottish Parliament, we realise businesses are already thinking about how a charging scheme could affect their business. Therefore I urge retailers, of whatever size and type, to visit our new website,  to keep up-to-date with how the charge will affect your business and to find out about the support available.”

For more information about how the charge will work, retailers can visit

For more information contact:

Claire Munro, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

e: t: 01786 239791 m: 07702976594

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