Oct 29, 2014

Bring a bag!

Charges begin for single use carrier bags in Scotland.


Scotland aims to slash its huge consumption of single-use carrier bag through the introduction of a minimum 5p charge on every bag dispensed.


With over 800 million given out every year, Scots currently use the most per head of any part of the UK and a significant number of these end up as litter.


Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“I’m extremely proud that this landmark legislation is now in force. Our carrier bag addiction is symptomatic of our throwaway culture and has serious implications for the environment. Huge numbers of these bags end up as litter, blighting our communities and clogging up our seas and natural habitats, affecting many sorts of wildlife and marine species in particular."


Plastic bags are made from non-sustainable materials, such as oil and carbons, and contribute to marine litter which kills an estimated million seabirds and 100,000 animals a year globally.


Similar carrier bag legislation in Wales and Ireland has seen a massive drop in the number of bags dispensed and the simple message is: bring a bag!

Solway Firth Partnership