Tesco to improve communities with plastic bag money

Every Tesco customer is to receive a token at the till and will subsequently have the power to decide which of three local community projects in their area will receive the majority of the money that customers have donated through the Government’s 5p plastic bag charge.

A total of £11.5m, which has been raised from the sale of Tesco bags in the UK since October of 2015, will be donated through ‘Bags of Help’. The project is expected to bring about one of the biggest environmental improvements that the UK has ever seen. Bags of Help will be administered by UK environmental improvement charity Groundwork.

Grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 will be awarded to charities and groups across the UK for spending on environmental improvement projects through the scheme ‘Bags for Help’. Consumers have up until the 6th of March to make their vote count.

Over 1000 community initiatives, which have been directly chosen by local people, will benefit from Tesco’s scheme. Communities across the UK are likely to benefit from the inclusion of brand new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

As well as providing a vital funding lifeline for local improvement projects, the Government’s plastic bag charge scheme has helped to minimise the number of plastic bags used by customers during their weekly shop. Since the introduction of the charge in October customers in England utilise 30 million fewer bags per week, a reduction of almost 80%.

Tesco’s UK and ROI CEO Matt Davies has remarked, “We want to serve Britain’s shoppers a little better every day, and everything we do at Tesco is informed by what our customers tell us. That’s why we wanted to give our customers the chance to choose the environmental projects they most want to benefit from the money raised through the bag charge”.

TNT Business Billy Rooney


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