Retailers – are you ready for the carrier bag charge?

Posted on Sep 23 2014 - 11:12am by Sustainable News

With just over a month to go, Zero Waste Scotland is offering advice and support to Scottish retailers to help them to prepare for

Zero Waste Scotland is offering advice and support to Scottish retailers to help them to prepare for and understand their requirements ahead of the introduction of a national carrier bag charge

Zero Waste Scotland is offering advice and support to Scottish retailers to help them to prepare for and understand their requirements ahead of the introduction of a national carrier bag charge

and understand their requirements ahead of the introduction of a national carrier bag charge on the 20th October 2014.

New legislation from the Scottish Government will require all retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for every single use carrier bag – including those that are plastic, paper or plant based.  The regulations will have an impact across the entire retail sector, applying to anyone selling goods, whether in-store, online, or at any other point of purchase.

Retailers can visit Zero Waste Scotland’s website to find out more about how the charge will work, as well as the exemptions and their requirement around reporting.  Comprehensive retailer guidance has been published on the website, as well as a number of tools including a staff training video, online FAQ database and customisable materials for customer-facing communications, for example artwork for posters and till receipts.

Retailers looking to find out more about the charge and access this support should visit www.carrierbagchargescotland.org.uk

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“The new carrier bag charge aims to reduce the amount of single use carrier bags being produced, used and disposed of, and often ending up in landfill or as litter on our streets.  However it’s important that retailers understand how the new charge will affect them, and that they’re ready for the charge coming into play on October 20th.

“We’ve already run a series of retailer training sessions across Scotland, and I was encouraged to see that these were well attended.  However I would urge all retailers, however big or small, to visit our website take advantage of the range of tools and materials which are available to help make the implementation of charge as successful as possible.”

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