Carrier bag charge to pay for green local projects

TESCO'File photo dated 02/10/2007 of Tesco carrier bags in a shopping trolley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 13, 2008. The number of disposable plastic bags handed out to Tesco shoppers over the last month is 40% lower than for the same period two years ago, the retailer said today. Customers have saved two billion carrier bags since August 2006, according to the grocery giant. See PA story CONSUMER Bags Tesco. Photo credit should read: Ali Waggie/PA Wire ENGPPP00120111008140121

TESCO'File photo dated 02/10/2007 of Tesco carrier bags in a shopping trolley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 13, 2008. The number of disposable plastic bags handed out to Tesco shoppers over the last month is 40% lower than for the same period two years ago, the retailer said today. Customers have saved two billion carrier bags since August 2006, according to the grocery giant. See PA story CONSUMER Bags Tesco. Photo credit should read: Ali Waggie/PA Wire ENGPPP00120111008140121

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Tesco, with stores in Lewes, Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield, plans to re-invest funds from the recently introduced 5p carrier bag charge into the community.

Tesco sees this funding, where handling is overseen by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, as a way to help support pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield supports the proposal and encourages local charities to apply for new funding opportunities.

Tesco customers can vote in store and online for projects they want to go ahead in their own local areas.

Six projects will receive funding in each of 428 regions annually, meaning that about 2,500 projects will receive funding from the bag charge in the twelve months.

The amount for individual local projects will range from £8,000 to £12,000. Maria said: “I applaud Tesco on introducing this initiative, and hope that some of our worthy local causes will benefit.”

Community groups and charities can find out more or apply for support, please visit www.tesco.com/carrier-bags. Nominations, the process for which opened this week, will be whittled down to three good causes that customers can then choose to vote for in each area.

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