New carrier bag charge set to become law

Check-out Services Manager at Tesco Fraserburgh, Allan Goodall.
Check-out Services Manager at Tesco Fraserburgh, Allan Goodall.

With two weeks to go from until Scotland’s carrier Bag Charge comes into force, Zero Waste Scotland is reminding retailers and shoppers to get ready for the 5p charge, which applies to all single-use carrier bags from October 20.

Retailers can visit Zero Waste Scotland’s website to find out more about how the charge will work, and tools including a staff training video and customisable materials for customer-facing communications, for example artwork for posters and till receipts.

The information is available at www.carrierbagchargescotland.org.uk

Shoppers can get more information on the charge and the types of bags included by visiting www.cleanerscotland.org

Iain Gulland, director, Zero Waste Scotland said:“With two weeks to go until the Carrier Bag Charge comes into effect, Zero Waste Scotland is reminding retailers and shoppers alike to be prepared.

“Retailers can visit our dedicated website for a host of useful tools and materials, and shoppers should remember to bring their re-usable bags when they pop to the shops after October 20.

“Single-use bags are a highly visible item of litter which blights our streets and seas – and the Carrier Bag Charge is an important anti-litter measure which will help cut the number of single-use bags in circulation,” he added.

Check-out Services Manager at Tesco Fraserburgh Allan Goodall said: “It’s Scottish legislation that every retailer has to charge for bags from the 20th and is has to be a minimum of 5p. Tesco is trying to hand out three free bags for life to every club card member and all the money raised through bag charges is going to Keep Scotland Beautiful.”