Carrier bag campaign

News NavbarRemember to re use your carrier bags: that’s the simple message behind a new campaign from the Scottish Government and Scottish retailers.

Research shows 92 per nike store cent of people think reusing carrier bags is good for the environment but that 59 per cent forget their reusable bags and have to take new ones at the checkout.

Based on the premise that an elephant never forgets, the campaign will run on TV and radio as well as in supermarkets and shops across the country.

Twelve major retailers and almost 500 independent shops are on board, potentially reaching millions of consumers, making this the biggest high street campaign ever undertaken by the Scottish Government.

Launching the campaign at Scotmid’s store in Leith, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Millions of shoppers taking a small step can lead to a big change. The beauty of this campaign is that everyone who shops literally all of Scotland can be engaged in sustainable behaviour.

“Discarded carrier bags are a blight on our landscape and when you consider that our natural environment is worth over 17 billion a year and supports around 240,000 jobs, it’s clear that action to reduce bag use is not only good for the planet but good for the economy too.

“There is clearly a collective desire on the part of the public and retailers to reduce carrier bag numbers. By taking the simple action of remembering to bring a carrier bag with you every single person in Scotland can play a role.

“Almost everyone in Scotland goes to the shops on a regular basis and th nike store is campaign will help people remember and, in turn, help retailers reach the target we have set them a 50 per cent reduction in bags dished out to customers.

“Reusing bag nike store s is one of the simplest steps people can take towards leading greener lifestyles. Everyone is able to play their part and I hope to see Scots up and down the country embracing this campaign.

“Taking a small step like reusing a carrier bag will encour nike store age people to make other changes to their behaviours and ensure that collectively we are making a big difference locally, nationally and globally.”

John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocer’s Federation, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with the Scottish Government on this initiative to reduce the number of carrier bags handed out to customers.

“It’s often very difficult for convenience stores because consumers regularly make unplanned visits and therefore don’t always have their re usable bags with them. However, retailers are making determined efforts to encourage customers to change their habits, to use durable bags for sustained use on an on going basis.”

Fiona Moriarty, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said:

“Working with their customers, retailers have already delivered some spectacular reductions in the numbers of new bags handed out down by a quarter in just two years. They are now going further, faster with a commitment to a 50 per cent reduction by June this year.

“Ideas including taking bags off display and reducing the amount of new plastic in bags are part of that but so is encouraging customers to change their behaviour.

“That’s why stores are offering durable carrier bags for life, tips and incentives and working with the Government to get more customers re using bags.

“This campaign is a positive example of the Scottish Government and retail businesses working together to achieve the environmental gains we all want.”

Carrier bag and prescription charges

Dropping prescription charges, introducing a smoking ban and charges for carrier bags were voted for in Wales before other parts of the UK.

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Chief executive Russell Goodway said: “Local pharmacies will have to start introducing new arrangements asking patients for additional money based on rules that are far from clear and, in some cases, still not published. nike store

He said the 5p charge would apply to some bags with some medicines in and not to the same bags with other medicines in.

Continue reading the main storyNick Servini, BBC Wales business correspondent

Traders have been calling for light touch regulation at the beginning and they are certainly getting that with the three month bedding in period which means that there won be any full enforcement of the charge until January 2012.

That said, the British Retail Consortium says it expects all the big firms to comply with the charge straight away.

The early success relies to a large extent on whether consumers and retailers buy into it.

There are potential areas of c nike store onfusion. For example, if you pick up prescription medication at a chemist then you won have to pay for the bag as it exempted.

But if you pay for a bottle of shampoo at the same time at the check out, then you will have to pay 5p.

Another exemption is unwrapped or partially unwrapped food.

So if you go to a fast food restaurant nike store and order fries you won have to pay for the bag but you will pay if you order a burger with the fries because the burger is fully wrapped.

An exemption only applies if exempted items are the only products in the bag.

“With only a month to go, we are still discussing details with officials and that does not give sufficient planning time for businesses,” he added.

“Even at this late stage, we ask ministers to think again on imposing this tax on healthcare in Wales.”

The Federation of Small Businesses also said more information was needed for shoppers on what will happen.

Firms will have to keep track of the number of bags they hand out and, unless they employ fewer than 10 people, will be obliged to account for how the proceeds from the carrier bag charge are used.

Smaller outlets will still be required by law to pass the money on to environmental causes or charities.

Businesses can charge more than 5p for bags but the charge cannot be less.

Janet Jones, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Welsh Policy Unit, said: “The Welsh Government needs to make sure that the charge is advertised as widely as possible and that there is a soft touch with regard to enforcement.

“It is important to allow small businesses to embed this in a suitable way.

“It is also key that shoppers embrace this change as part of a strategy for a sustainable nike store Wales this can only be done by gaining their support and backing for the charge.”

‘Real point’

Shoppers in Wales took home an estimated 350 million bags in 2009.

Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium, said many retailers had made preparations to comply with the law.