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The Scottish Government has already announced plans to bring in a new charging regime, with shoppers to be charged 5p for single use bags from October next year.
He continued: "We have seen elsewhere that carrier bag charging has been effective in encouraging people to reuse bags.
Across the UK, 8.1 billion single use bags were used in 2012.
"By introducing a modest charge we can help to cut the number of bags which are often seen littering our streets, beaches and countryside."
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The proceeds from this will go to charity, with good causes expected to receive up to 5 million a year thanks to the scheme.
"The millions of carrier bags used every year squander non renewable resources, pollute our environment, threaten wildlife and take decades to break down in landfills.
Environment secretary reveals that 750 million carrier bags are used each year in Scotland
"The charge in Scotland will not be a tax but will see retailers donating the proceeds to charity and we could see up to 5 million per year going to good causes.
He added: "Single use carrier bags are symbolic of our wasteful attitude to resource use which must be addressed if Scotland's vision of a zero waste future is to be realised.
"I look forward to working with retailers to implement our proposed system."
Richard Lochhead said the figure which equates to 12 bags a month per person showed why decisive action was needed to tackle the issue.
Mr Lochhead said: "Discarded carrier bags highlight our throwaway society.
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