Bag charge events planned

Ahead of new regulations to introduce a charge for single-use carrier bags in October, training events for shop staff have been arranged in Dumfries.

MSPs at Holyrood backed the measure in May after Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said it was “time to take action” on the issue.

The regulations, which were approved by 100 votes to 12, will bring in mandatory charging for almost all single-use carrier bags from October this year, with the proceeds to go to good causes.

Now Zero Waste Scotland is holding free training events across Scotland in July and August to help retailers understand and implement the carrier bag charge.

The hour-long evening events will provide an opportunity to get detailed information about how the regulations will work, and ask any questions.

Attendees will also learn about how Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland service can help reduce energy, water and raw material bills.

Zero Waste Scotland says it is supporting Scottish retailers to help them understand their responsibilities to operate the carrier bag charge.

The organisation supports the charge as a measure to help reduce the number of bags in circulation, many of which end up as litter, and recently launched the Carrier Bag Commitment, where retailers who agree to donate the proceeds of the charge to charity can sign up.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “These training sessions are a valuable opportunity for retailers to get to grips with their legal obligations. Our trainers are experts in the detail and can answer all your questions about the new regulations. Come along and meet us and find out more about how this key piece of environmental legislation will work.”

The Dumfries event takes place onJuly 23 at the Cairndale Hotel. Other events are taking place across Scotland.For more details or to book a place, go to: