It’s a key piece of legislation that’s had a big impact.
Six months on from the introduction of the 5p single-use carrier bag charge to retailers across Scotland, there is a reported 80% fall in usage.
Four of Scotland’s largest retailers have also donated more than £1 million to good causes as a result of the charge. Nationwide, retailers that signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment – an agreement to disclose information on the charge and donations made – are reporting that charities across the country have benefited from funds raised by the charge.
We’ve been working with Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the impact of the 5p charge.