Shoppers reminded to bring reusable bags as bag charge date looms closer

Remember your bag and save 5p. Awareness campaign ahead of bag charging from 20th October.'Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead launches the campaign.

Remember your bag and save 5p. Awareness campaign ahead of bag charging from 20th October.'Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead launches the campaign.

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Brechin shoppers are being reminded to take their reusable bags with them to avoid a 5p minimum charge for single-use carrier bags.

A campaign to highlight the charges was launched last week ahead of the introduction of new legislation, which comes into force on October 20.

From that date it will cost at least 5p for each single-use carrier bag given out to shoppers regardless of where they shop, from supermarkets to corner shops and takeaways to high street retailers.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who launched the campaign, said: “In Scotland we use over 800 million new single-use carrier bags every year – more per head than anywhere else in the UK. That is something we want to change.

“This milestone legislation underlines that Scotland is serious about tackling litter, reducing waste and creating a cleaner, greener environment for everyone to enjoy.

“We want people to stop and think about whether they really need another bag that could end up as litter. Instead we want people to get into the habit of reusing bags.

“The message of this campaign is that if we all remember our bags when we head out to the high street, the supermarket or the corner shop, it’s better for the environment and we’ll save money.

“Scotland’s bag charge will see funds donated to good causes by retailers.

“It is hugely heartening to see so many have already signed up to the Carrier Bag Commitment on donations and I’d encourage all retailers in Scotland to get involved.

“The introduction of bag charging has received a great deal of public and retailer support and I hope that together we can repeat the success achieved in other countries including Wales and Northern Ireland where similar measures have been brought in.”

For more information on the charge and the types of bags included visit www.cleanerscotland.org