The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: Scotland

Commencement: 2nd April 2020

Amends: Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014

Mini Summary

Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014 introduces a 5 pence charge to be applied to all single use carrier bags (supplied new) in Scotland. The charge applies to all single use bags, including those made from plastic, paper, plant-based material and natural starch.



Single use carrier bags solely used to:

  • carry goods supplied by a seller for home delivery, as part of a grocery service;
  • carry goods purchased for collection as part of a service that allows a person to collect groceries ordered in advance; or
  • carry pre-prepared food or drinks purchased for delivery or collection as part of a takeaway food service,

will not be charged for, between the 2nd April 2020 to the 3rd October 2020.

After this date these single use carrier bags will revert back to being charged for.

This 6 month exemption has been put in place as part of the response to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.


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