Scottish retailers able to record carrier bag use at new web portal


A new web portal has been launched to help Scottish retailers record vital facts about the single-use bags they sell.

Retailers that are signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment will be able to use the portal as those that have more than 10 employees must keep, retail and supply information about the bags supplied and proceeds received as a result of the charge.


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Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see how so many people across Scotland have adapted to the carrier bag charge by bringing reusable bags. Now that the charge is bedding in, shoppers will expect transparency in how bag numbers are falling and what retailers are doing with the proceeds. I am therefore urging retailers large and small to sign up to this commitment to publish their results and donate the proceeds to good causes.”

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland added: “By signing up to the Carrier Bag Commitment, retailers can use this dedicated reporting portal which provides a really easy and transparent way for retailers to record key data, as required by law, around number of bags sold and revenues generated. In addition, the Commitment provides great publicity for both your business and the good causes you support and let’s retailers demonstrate to their customers clearly what they’re doing with the money they raise from single-use bags.

“Over 250 retailers have already registered an interest in the Commitment, with signatories including Marks & Spencer, Superdry and Holland and Barrett, and I hope to see others to follow suit.”

Signatories can register at