Tesco has launched an initiative to give community groups a share of the £11.5 million raised by the carrier bag charge.
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which will see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and community projects in St Helens.
Shoppers are being invited to vote at a nearby store for who they think should take-away which grant award.
The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in St Helens are Thatto Heath Crusaders, Queen’s Park C.E/U.R.C Primary School and Friends of Moss Lodge.
Voting is open in store from February 27 until March 6 and customers will be able to vote using a token given to them at the checkout in store.
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco said: “The money raised by customers through the carrier bag levy will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative. We’re really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote in St Helens and these three great local projects coming to life.”
The 5p charge for plastic bags was introduced by the Government in England on October 5 in a bid to reduce the number used by shoppers.
The introduction came with promises from the supermarkets that any money made from the charge would be used to benefit local communities and charities.
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury said: “Bags of Help is a fantastic initiative which will make a real difference to the communities it helps.
“The number of nominations and applications for grants has been incredible. The final three were chosen by panels of experts who live and work in each of the Tesco stores and regions. This initiative really is putting back into the local environment, helping the community at a grass-roots level.”
Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in April. As well as applying direct, groups can also be nominated by people living in their local communities.