Co-op to re-invest 5p Scots plastic bag charge

Supermarket Co-op plans to pump all the money it makes from re-usable bags and carrier bags into Scottish community projects. Scotland’s compulsory charge on plastic bags comes into effect on […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Supermarket Co-op plans to pump all the money it makes from re-usable bags and carrier bags into Scottish community projects.

Scotland’s compulsory charge on plastic bags comes into effect on 20th October.

The recycling body tasked with stamping out waste in Scotland is encouraging retailers to sign up to its Carrier Bag Commitment and donate proceeds from single-use bag sales to good causes.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “With less than two weeks to go until Scotland’s carrier bag charge comes into force, I’m delighted the Co-operative is getting ‘carried away’…

“Single-use carrier bags are emblematic of a throwaway society and we want to encourage people to re-use bags as much as possible.”