Scottish retailers and international companies are among the signatories of a voluntary commitment to donate the proceeds of an upcoming carrier bag levy to charity.
From 20 October businesses north of the border will need to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use paper or plastic bag.
The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has become the first major retailer body to enter into the Carrier Bag Commitment, which has been set up by Zero Waste Scotland to ensure that the money raised with the charge will go to charitable causes.
“The Scottish Government has taken a very collaborative approach to developing the carrier bag commitment and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation is happy to support the commitment,” said John Lee, policy and public affairs manager at the federation (above, left).
“Convenience store retailers are committed to reducing the numbers of carrier bags used by shoppers and protecting Scotland’s natural environment.”
Other major outlets such as McDonalds, Marks and Spencer, The Co-operative Group, Holland and Barrett, Scotmid and RS Components, have also joined the scheme.
Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland (above, centre), urged all retailers in Scotland to consider signing up to the commitment
“It’s quick, easy, transparent, and provides great publicity for your business and the good causes you choose to support,” he said.
- Defra has said it also planning to introduce a voluntary scheme to encourage retailers to donate the proceeds of England’s plastic bag levy from Autumn 2015 to charity.