Keep Scotland Beautiful shortlisted charity finalist for £1m Tesco carrier bag charge

14 August 2014

Scottish environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has been shortlisted to become Tesco’s charity partner for the introduction of the carrier bag charge.

If successful in the public vote, Scotland's environmennt could benefit from £1million funding.

Vote now to Keep Scotland Beautiful: www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote

"This could be quite transformational for Scotland.” Derek Robertson, Chief Exec, KSB

“This funding would allow us to scale up massively on community engagement and clean ups across Scotland. It could be quite transformational.” Derek Robertson, Chief Exec, KSB

Help KSB and Scotland to benefit by taking part in the public poll. For more information about how to vote, please click here: www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote

More information about the Tesco initative:

For the first time, Tesco customers will be asked to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8 million set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland.

The organisations on the shortlist for Scotland are Love Food Hate Waste, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Groundwork UK. For Wales, the shortlisted charities are Keep Wales Tidy and Groundwork UK.

In June Tesco gave the green light for charities and environmental organisations to submit proposals on how they would use the funds to help make a real difference for the environment and local communities.

120 organisations applied for the Scottish and Welsh partnerships, and they have since been whittled down to the five-strong shortlist.

One organisation will be chosen to partner with Tesco and be the beneficiary of the bag levy for each region. The Scottish levy is expected to be worth around £1 million and the Welsh levy around £800,000.

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“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.

“Since 2011, the carrier bag levy in Wales has raised over £2.3 million for the local RSPB, which has been used for vital conservation work. We received a huge number of very strong applications from different organiations 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.”

Both partnerships will run for an initial period of 12 months from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. The voting process will run for two weeks from today, and the winning organisations will be announced shortly afterwards.

Links:

Cast your vote: www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote

More info: http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=17&newsid=1042

Keep Scotland Beautiful: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org