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Single use carrier bag set to increase in Scotland from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

The Scottish Government has confirmed this morning that the minimum price of a single use carrier bag (SUCB) is set to increase from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021.

The Scottish Government put forward the proposal to increase the minimum charge in a public consultation on developing Scotland's circular economy. The consultation was launched on 7 November 2019.

The increase in the SUCB charge will not result in a cost increase for retailers. The main impacts on retailers is the administrative costs of increasing the charge and, for retailers with more than 10 employees (FTE), the keeping of records on the number of SUCBs sold with a requirement of keeping these records for a minimum of five years.

By increasing the charge, the Government aims to; ensure the continued reduction in SUCB use to date is maintained, support an additional reduction in littering behaviour, increase materials and carbon savings and reduce waste sent to landfill and associated costs of waste treatment.

This increase is subject to Parliamentary approval but a timeframe for this is currently unknown.

 

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