Remember to re-use your bags or face 5p charge

Shoppers and retailers have been asked to remember that they will be faced with a carrier bag charge in less than two weeks.

Friday, 10th October 2014, 9:00 am

Scotland’s carrier Bag Charge comes into force from Monday, October 20 and Zero Waste Scotland are reminding businesses and shoppers to get ready for the 5p charge, which applies to all single-use carrier bags.

Retailers can find out further information on how the charge will work by visiting Zero Waste Scotland’s website which has various helpful tools including a staff training video and customisable materials for customer-facing communications, such as artwork for posters and till receipts.

Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland 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.”

Find out more information online at

Visit to learn more details on the charge and the types of bags included in the scheme.