Welcome to the retail support site for the Carrier Bag Charge (Scotland) Regulations.

Legislation was passed by Scottish Parliament, on 20th October 2014, that requires ALL retailers (food and non-food) to charge a minimum of 5p for each new single-use carrier bag (including paper, those made from some plant based materials and plastic). The aim is to encourage bag re-use and reduce the visible impact of litter.

Zero Waste Scotland is supporting Scottish retailers to help them understand their legal requirements under the regulations and provide staff training support and marketing materials for customer in-store communications. 

Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment is a voluntary agreement operated by Zero Waste Scotland, which asks retailers to report carrier bag sales and commit to donating money raised to good causes in Scotland. By signing up to the commitment, retailers can access communication materials, and contribute to national reporting on carrier bag use. For more information please see the Carrier Bag Commitment Guidance document. Click here to sign up today.

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