The 5p carrier bag charge…what is it all about?

10th Dec 2014

The Scottish Parliament has passed legislation that will require ALL retailers (food and non-food) to charge a minimum of 5p for each new single-use carrier bag (including paper, those made from some plant based materials and plastic) which came into effect on Monday 20th October 2014.  To most people 5p isn’t a lot of money, but Beatson Cancer Charity could benefit hugely from a share of the millions expected to be raised every single year as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Carrier Bag Commitment’.This is where you come in #teambeatson… Do you work in a local shop or have a business of your own? Are you the Community Champion at your store and responsible for where this money will go? What about your local shops – have you seen anything on display recently? We would love to hear from you if you can help! Please get in touch by calling 0141 212 0505 or emailing