On October 20, 2014, retailers all over Scotland will be required to charge their customers 5p for each single use carrier bag they give out.
The charge is being bought in to try to tackle the litter and waste problems single use bags cause. Similar charges that have already been introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland have successfully encouraged people to cut their plastic bag use.
Zero Waste Scotland is urging retailers of all sizes to sign up to its carrier Bag Commitment and donate the proceeds from single-use bag sales to charity.
Fashion chain and Superdry announced it would donate all proceeds from bag sales to Trees for Life, and The Co-operative Group has also pledged to donate sales from its range of re-usable bags to local projects.
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said: “It’s just a week 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 20th October.
“Retailers can visit our dedicated website for a host of useful tools and materials, to ensure they are fully prepared when the charge goes live on 20th October.”
More information about the charge is available at: http://carrierbagchargescotland.org.uk/
Needless to say, Greener Leith would be keen to work with any local retailers interested in using the money they raise from the carrier bag charge to support local environmental projects, such as the Leith Links Children’s Orchard. If this sounds interesting, please do get in touch.
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