Main partners:

  • Scottish Government

Localisation: Scotland/UK

Population: 5,424,800 (2017)

Categories:
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Charge for single-use carrier bags in Scotland

Action leader(s)

Zero Waste Scotland

Summary

In October 2014, Scotland introduced a minimum 5p charge for single use carrier bags through the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014. Before the charge, retailers in Scotland gave out an estimated 800 million single-use bags each year. The new regulations have dramatically reduced this number. Through the Carrier Bag Commitment Scottish retailers have and continue to direct the proceeds of the charge to all manner of good causes.