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Tesco customers set to decide how millions raised from plastic bag charge will be spent

Monday February 29th 2016

Tesco is to give its customers the chance to decide which of three local community projects in their area will receive the lion's share of the money donated through the Government's 5p plastic bag charge.

Through the new ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, 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.

Customers will receive a token at the till to vote for the local project they think most deserves the main £12,000 grant and will have until 6 March to make their choice instore. Over 1,000 community projects will benefit from Tesco’s scheme and will include initiatives such as new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

A total of £11.5 million raised from the sale of Tesco bags in the UK since October 2015 will be donated through Bags of Help.

The projects that will be voted on by Tesco customers were nominated by local people and community groups, and whittled down to three for each area by special teams made up of Tesco staff from local stores.

Bags of Help will be administered by UK environmental improvement charity Groundwork.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI chief executive, said: “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.

“Our customers will help us make sure the money raised through the charge goes to make the biggest difference to local communities up and down the country.”