Tesco launches search for carrier bag levy charity partnership
Tesco has launched a search for suitable charities to receive a portion of the £1.8 million that it expects to raise from carrier bag levies in Wales and Scotland.
The supermarket is inviting charities to submit proposals on how they could work with Tesco to use the money for good causes relating to the environment and their local communities.
Charges for plastic carrier bags are due to become mandatory in Scotland from October after being introduced in Wales in 2011.
Greg Sage, community director for Tesco said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for charities to partner with us and make a real difference to the communities they serve.
“We’re committed to doing what we can to reduce our impact on the environment and support our local communities.
“The money raised from the bag levy in Wales has already been put to great use by the local RSPB, and we expect the successful bidders this time round will also use the money raised to make a huge difference. For the first time, charities in Scotland will have the chance to benefit from the bag levy too.”
UK charities that meet the criteria are being encouraged to apply for either one or both of the Scottish and Welsh charity partnerships, which are expected to be worth around £1 million and £800,000 respectively.
Both partnerships will be for an initial period of 12 months from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.
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