Increase to carrier bag charge in Scotland

26 January 2021

Article: 55/0406

From 1 April 2021, the minimum price of a single-use carrier bag in Scotland is set to increase from five to ten pence. Prior to the introduction of the carrier bag charge in October 2014, 80 million single-use carrier bags were issued annually in Scotland. By 2015, usage had fallen by 80%, with the Marine Conservation Society noting in 2016 that the number of plastic carrier bags being found on Scotland’s beaches dropped by 40% two years in a row, with a further drop of 42% recorded between 2018 and 2019.

In a 2019 public consultation, around 80% of respondents agreed that that there should be an increase in the plastic carrier bag charge, and that charging has had a positive impact on the environment.

Source: Scottish Government, 13 January 2021