£1m in the bag for charity

Scottish retailers have raised more than £1 million for charity since the ‘single-use bag charge’. The country’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said four retailers made the donation as a result of the […]

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Scottish retailers have raised more than £1 million for charity since the ‘single-use bag charge’.

The country’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said four retailers made the donation as a result of the charge, which came into effect six months ago.

The figure was revealed after reports that usage of plastic bags fell by more than 80% since the charge was introduced.

Retailers across the country who signed up to ‘Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment’ said various other charities also benefited from funds raised.

Single-bag usage in Asda has reduced by more than 90%, raising £350,000, similarly Co-op’s usage has fallen by 80%, raising £375,000.

Other stores including Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Waitrose were also involved in the scheme.

Mr Lochhead said: “The primary purpose of this legislation is to clean up our streets and beaches by cutting carrier bag use.

“But it’s also fantastic that the charge has already raised so much money for worthy causes from just these four retailers alone.”