Customers asked to choose organisations to benefit from carrier bag charge

11 Aug 2014

For the first time, Tesco customers will be asked to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8 million set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland.

For the first time, Tesco customers will be asked to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8 million set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland.

The organisations on the shortlist for Scotland are Love Food Hate Waste, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Groundwork UK. For Wales, the shortlisted charities are Keep Wales Tidy and Groundwork UK.

In June Tesco gave the green light for charities and environmental organisations to submit proposals on how they would use the funds to help make a real difference for the environment and local communities.

120 organisations applied for the Scottish and Welsh partnerships, and they have since been whittled down to the five-strong shortlist.

One organisation will be chosen to partner with Tesco and be the beneficiary of the bag levy for each region. The Scottish levy is expected to be worth around £1 million and the Welsh levy around £800,000.

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to partner with us and make a real difference to the communities they serve. Our customers are the ones who will pay the charge, so we really wanted them to choose the partners that will benefit from the money.

“Since 2011, the carrier bag levy in Wales has raised over £2.3 million for the local RSPB, which has been used for vital conservation work. We received a huge number of very strong applications from different organiations to be our new partners, and it was a tough job whittling the applications down to just five. It’s now down to our customers to decide who the winners will be.”

Both partnerships will run for an initial period of 12 months from 20 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. The voting process will run for two weeks from today, and the winning organisations will be announced shortly afterwards.

Notes to editors

  • For more information about how to vote, please click here: www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote
     
  • Legislation to introduce charging for plastic carrier bags came into force in Wales on 1 October 2011, and it is due to be introduced in Scotland from October 2014. It means plastic carrier bags are no longer given away free when people go shopping, which helps conserve the environment.
     
  • Since 2011, the charge in Wales has raised over £2.3 million for the local RSPB, which has been used for vital conservation work.

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