On 5th October 2015 carrier bag charging began in England, bringing it in-line charging schemes already in place in the rest of the UK. As a result, Tesco, like other large retailers, is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag used by a customer.
Proceeds generated from the sales of the bags are given to good causes. The money raised by Tesco customers is used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities across England, Wales and Scotland.
Projects that get the green light as a result of the funding include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. It’s your money – so where the money goes locally is up to you!
You have the opportunity to decide where it is spent, by nominating your favourite local charity or community group.
Six projects are selected to receive funding in each of 400 regions annually, which means that over two thousand different projects will receive funding from the bag charge after just one year.
You also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite project locally. We are calling on local community groups to apply for the funding – the second round of applications opened on 18th April 2016. Visit www.groundwork.org.uk/tescobagsofhelp to find out more or visit your Local Newton Aycliffe Store.