Scottish Government announcement on single-use carrier bag charge

The Scottish Government has announced that it will be introducing regulations to charge for single use carrier bags by October 2014. 

28 Jun 13

This means that all Scottish retailers will be required to charge a minimum of five pence for every bag they issue. Proceeds from carrier bag charges are to go to good causes.

The purpose of the charge is to tackle the problem of littering of carrier bags and encourage greater re-use. The charge has been introduced following public consultation in an attempt to help reduce the 740 million carrier bags issued in Scotland last year.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, comments:

“Zero Waste Scotland supports initiatives that tackle litter and help achieve a zero waste society, so we welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to implement a levy on single use bags.

“We can all reduce the impact of carrier bags by making sure that when we must take one, we re-use it over and over again as many times as possible and then recycle it at the end of its life.”

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