CRNS is asking Scottish retailers to donate income from their levy on carrier bags to the charity to ensure an environmentally cleaner, greener country.
From 20th October, you’ll be charged at least 5p for all carrier bags, including paper and plastic bags, in all Scottish shops. That includes everything from supermarkets to takeaways and clothes stores.
Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS said: “To ensure a cleaner, greener Scotland we would urge everyone to take their own bags whenever you shop and save your pennies. On the flip side of this coin we are now asking retailers to donate any income from this levy to CRNS so that we can work with our membership on reuse, repair and recycle initiatives throughout Scotland.”
It is possible to avoid the 5p charge by taking your own bags with you whenever you shop. Low-cost ‘bags for life’ are available from many supermarkets. It is suggested to keep bags handy either by your front door or in the back of your car so that you don’t forget them when you go on your next shopping trip.
Did you know? Using fewer carrier bags will lead to less litter – which means a cleaner, greener Scotland. Reuse your bags to stop litter blighting our beautiful landscape and get involved with CRNS to make a difference.
Where does the money go?
The Scottish Government is keen to see environmental protection and litter prevention good causes such as CRNS benefit from the carrier bag charge. So it is encouraging retailers to donate the money collected to the good cause of their choice. Retailers can sign up to the Carrier Bag Commitment to make a public pledge about where the money goes. For further details, visit carrierbagchargescotland.org.uk
The Scottish Government’s decision to introduce a charge follows a public consultation which concluded that such a charge offers environmental and social benefits in line with ambitions to tackle litter and promote behaviours consistent with a zero waste society.
The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 20 October 2014. It will mean that all shoppers in Scotland will be charged a minimum of 5p for each single use carrier bag they take in all Scottish shops, both in-store and online, regardless of material type, except in certain agreed circumstances where exemptions are agreed.