Carrier bag charging

The Single Use Carrier Bag Charge Regulations 2014 came in to effect on 20th October 2014.

Fife Trading Standards can advise suppliers about their duties under the Regulations.  The Regulations introduced a 5 pence minimum charge for all single use carrier bags.  In addition to this, any shop with more than 10 full time staff, or equivalent, has to keep financial records of how much they make from this charge and keep the records for at least three financial years.

Retailers who fail to impose the carrier bag charge could face a range of sanctions including a £200 fixed penalty charge.

By reducing the number of carrier bags being carelessly discarded there will be a real opportunity to reduce the amount of litter which can have a negative impact on our resources, environment and economy. Encouraging the re-use of carrier bags will complement the Scottish Government strategies to reduce litter on land, in the sea and rivers systems.

The Scottish Government is encouraging businesses to donate the proceeds to good causes, which benefit local communities or the environment.  Retailers will be able to commit to support local good causes with the net proceeds of this charge which will in turn generate positive publicity for their business.

Fife businesses can contact us for further information about carrier bag charging.


Trading Standards
Tel: 01592 583141 Fax: 01592 583318 Contact Trading Standards online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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