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UK Plastic Bag Charge To Raise Millions For Good Causes

Customers at all large UK shops will be charged 5p for each single-use carrier bag they use during their shopping trip from tomorrow, October 5, as part of a new Government scheme.

Based on statistics from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - where a bag charge already exists - British supermarket chain Tesco anticipates plastic carrier bag use in England to drop by nearly 70 per cent as a result.

Tesco offered a limited number of free Bags for Life at the till last week.

The money raised from the 5p bag charge will be used to pay for a large number of local environmental improvement projects in communities right across the UK e.g. building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in-store and online for the projects they most want to go ahead in their own local areas. Six projects will receive funding in each of 432 regions annually, which means that around 2,500 different projects are expected to receive funding from the bag charge after just one year.

The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £8,000 to £12,000 and administration of the local funding will be handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork.

The charge follows on from a similar introduction across a number of other European countries in recent years.

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