Carrier bag charge in force next week

With just a week to go until the 5p carrier bag charge comes into force, Zero Waste Scotland is reminding shoppers to be prepared.

The charge applies to all single-use carrier bags from Monday, October 20.

Zero Waste Scotland is urging retailers to sign up to its carrier bag commitment and donate the proceeds
from single-use bag sales to charity.

The Co-operative Group pledged to donate sales from its range of re-usable bags to local projects.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “It’s just a weeks to go until the Carrier Bag Charge comes into force in Scotland.

“Zero Waste Scotland is reminding retailers and shoppers alike to be prepared.

“Single-use carrier bags are a highly visible sign of Scotland’s litter problem, and the charge is an important measure in tackling the number of them in circulation. These bags, after just one use, often end up cluttering up our streets and seas.

“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 October 20.

“Retailers are able to visit our dedicated website for a host of useful tools and materials, to ensure they are fully prepared when the charge goes live.”

Visit Zero Waste Scotland’s website to try out tools including staff training videos, artwork for posters and till receipts and lots more at www.carrierbagcharge