East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani has this week welcomed news that
Scotland has witnessed a staggering reduction in the number of single use carrier bags handed out since the introduction of a 5p per charge some 12 months ago.
Data from major grocery retailers indicate a reduction in bag use of around 80 per cent since 20 October 2014 – equivalent to at least 650 million fewer bags being handed out annually compared to ‘business as usual’ in previous years – with funds of around £6.7 million being donated to good causes as a result of the charge.
“The 5p charge has been a major success with the number of single use bags down by a huge 650 million, with almost £7m raised for good causes.
“The policy has shown the Scottish Government is serious about tackling litter and reducing waste and creating a greener environment.
“Statistics highlight that people in Scotland used more than 800 million new single-use bags every year – more per head than elsewhere in the UK. Clearly something had to be done and I am glad shoppers are embracing these changes and using fewer bags, with an incredible reduction of 80% in single-bag usage.
“The amount raised for charities is fantastic too – with at least £6.7 million donated to good causes. That is good news for the people of East Kilbride and throughout Scotland.”