MONSTER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH CARRIER BAG CHARGE

MONSTER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH CARRIER BAG CHARGE

Message Matters’ client Keep Scotland Beautiful has revealed new polling which shows public support for the introduction of a 5p mandatory charge for retail bags by almost 2 to 1. The release of the poll coincides with the launch of its campaign on the issue, with the “Bag Monster” visiting the Scottish Parliament to meet with MSPs.

The Scottish Government’s proposed regulations on single use carrier bags are being considered by Holyrood’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today, with Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP giving evidence.

It is proposed that the proceeds of the single use carrier bag charge, known as the bag levy, will be given to charitable, good causes, similar to arrangements in Wales. The Welsh regulations have resulted in an 80% decline in the number of single use bags used in shops, a similar decline to reductions achieved in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In a YouGov poll of 1,037 Scottish adults for KSB, those supporting the proposals outnumbered those opposing by 54% to 28%.

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