Tesco names Scotland and Wales charities shortlisted for carrier bag levy funding

The charities Love Food Hate Waste, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and and Groundwork UK are in the running to benefit from an estimated £1.8m a year


The supermarket chain Tesco has announced the names of the charities and environmental organisations that could benefit from its carrier-bag levies in Scotland and Wales.

Love Food Hate Waste, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Groundwork UK have been shortlisted in Scotland, and Keep Wales Tidy and Groundwork UK have made the shortlist in Wales. One organisation per region will be selected by Tesco customers.

The retailer estimates that about £1.8m a year could be raised for the charities and environmental organisations.

Tesco customers will have two weeks to vote online for their favourite and the winning organisations will be announced on 25 August.

Compulsory charging for plastic carrier bags came into force in Wales in October 2011, and a similar charge is to be introduced in Scotland from this October. Since 2011, the charge in Wales has raised more than £2.3m for the local RSPB that has been used to fund conservation work.

The supermarket said that 120 organisations applied for the Scottish and Welsh partnerships, which will run from October 2014 until the end of September 2015.

Greg Sage, community director for Tesco, said in a statement: "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.

"We received a huge number of very strong applications from different organisations 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."

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