Oldham Council is the first UK council to undertake a trial of the Green Carrier Scheme. Around 25 local retailers have been asked to take part in the pilot project which starts in November 2013.
The GCS carrier-liners should be available to buy in participating shops by the weekend of the 30th. Oldham council have subsidised the retail price so that shoppers can buy the double-use bags at the till for just 3p each.
Over the past few months, Oldham council's waste manager Mark Husdan (pictured above) has been working closely with retailers and community leaders to encourage residents to buy a few of the bags when they go shopping. Retailers will be able to order supplies through a special website for direct delivery to their shop.
Mark is already a fan of compostable carrier-liners. In 2010 he was instrumental in forming the council's partnership with The Co-operative which encouraged residents to buy The Co-operative Compostable Carrier. The new GCS carrier-liner is more or less the same design and specification as the one developed for the Co-operative, so Mark knows that they will be popular with residents.
If you live in the Oldham area you can check out the membership map on this website to see a list of the stockists taking part in the trial.