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The independent Scottish charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has welcomed the launch of an awareness campaign on the introduction of a charge for single-use carrier bags, set for introduction on 20th October.

Legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in May introduced a mandatory 5p charge on all single use carrier bags, with the proceeds being given to environmental good causes.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said::

“The introduction of this charge for single-use carrier bags is an overwhelmingly positive step for Scotland to take. The use of bags of all shapes and sizes has environmental consequences, and a range of impacts that are detrimental to attempts to improve local environmental quality.

“All the evidence from similar initiatives in Wales and Northern Ireland points to significant reductions in bag use, and that has to be good news for cause of greater sustainability. The introduction of this charge, in only three weeks, will represent a major step forward towards a zero-waste future for Scotland.

“Additionally, the revenues generated from the charge will make a real difference to environmental charities across the country, and we look forward to working with a wide range of retailers to make the greatest difference possible with their bag levy proceeds.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues which affect people’s quality of life. It is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow. Further details from www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

The Single Use Carrier Bag Charge legislation is set for introduction on 20th October. The Scottish Government has launched an awareness campaign today (Thursday) to widen information aware to shoppers, retailers and the wider public.