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Zero Waste Scotland Comments on Carrier Bag Funds Launch

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Zero Waste Scotland Comments on Carrier Bag Funds Launch

August 13
09:38 2014

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Customers of supermarket giant Tesco will be asked to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8m set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland, the body set up by the Scottish Government to provide guidance to businesses on how to make themselves more energy-efficient and reduce waste, is delighted with the company’s initiative.  Its director, Iain Gulland, said of the announcement: ‘It’s great that Tesco has launched this public vote to select which good causes benefit from the proceeds of its carrier bag sales in Scotland.

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‘It’s a good example of a major retailer using the requirement to charge a minimum of 5p for a single-use carrier bag, which comes into force in October, to help support good causes.

‘We at Zero Waste Scotland are working with all retailers in Scotland to help them understand the forthcoming charge, which is an important and proven measure to help reduce the number of single-use bags handed out. ‘We’d like to see as many retailers as possible taking the opportunity to support good causes with the proceeds from carrier bag sales in the future, by signing up to our Carrier Bag Commitment.’

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