Tesco announces charity shortlist for £1.8m carrier bag windfall
Having whittled it down to five charities, Tesco has launched a public vote to name beneficiaries of an estimated £1.8m to be raised from carrier bag charges in Scotland and Wales.
In Scotland it has come down to three charities: Love Food Hate Waste,. Love Scotland and Groundworks, whereas in Wales it's a choice between Keep Wales Tidy and groundwork.
Tesco is asking customers to cast their vote before the August 22 deadline to determine who will receive the money.
Commenting Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland said: "It's great that Tesco has launched this public vote to select which good causes benefit from the proceeds of its carrier bag sales in Scotland. It's a great example of a major retailer using the requirement to charge a minimum of 5p for a single-use carrier bag, which comes into force in October, to help support good causes.
"Zero Waste Scotland is working with all retailers in Scotland to help them understand the forthcoming charge, which is an important and proven measure to help reduce the number of single-use bags handed out. We'd like to see as many retailers as possible taking the opportunity to support good causes with the proceeds from carrier bag sales in the future, by signing up to our Carrier Bag Commitment."
Each charity has produced a short video as to why they deserve to bag the money (see below) and votes can be cast here.
Love Food Hate Waste
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Keep Wales Tidy