Bag with message announcing introduction of 5p charge for plastic carrier bags in Scotland
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Minimum charge for carrier bags in Scotland introduced

A mandatory carrier-bag charge has been introduced in Scotland for the first time.

Shoppers will now have to pay a minimum of 5p per bag, with many retailers donating proceeds to good causes.

In May, MSPs voted to bring in the new regulations in a bid to tackle Scotland's litter problem, but the fee does not just apply to plastic bags.

It has also been imposed on single-use carriers made from eco-friendly materials.

James Cook reports.

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