Do you run a retail business in Scotland? Do you know what the carrier bag charge means for your business and your customers?
The key things you need to know about the single use carrier bag charge in Scotland:- Often called the ‘plastic bag charge' - however, the Scottish legislation doesn't just apply to plastic bags. It’s any carrier bag that is only good for a single-use.
- Single-use bags made from paper or natural starch will also be subject to a 5p charge. However, small paper bags do not apply.
- Bags made from plant based material will also apply, with the exception of reusable Bags for Life made from hard-wearing natural fibres such as cotton, flax, hemp, jute or sisal
- All retailers must charge for single-use carrier bags – this differs from the ban in England which only applies to larger retailers.
- Customers will be charged a minimum of 5p per bag. The proceeds will belong to the business that collects it but the Scottish Government is strongly pushing for all profits to be donated to good causes.
- All businesses that employ more than 10 full time staff, need to record & supply information about bags sold and monies received.
For full details on how the charge will work see Carrier Bag Charge Scotland
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