Co-op food carrier bag charges to fund hundreds of good causes across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of good causes across Scotland are set to start the New Year with a boost to their fundraising after “bagging” a share of the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in Co-op food stores.

The Co-op is distributing over £750,000 after calling on Scotland’s local causes and organisations to apply for funding in order to make a difference in their community.

Successful groups are being notified from today (Monday, 18 January) with grants of up to £2,500 being distributed over the coming weeks.

John McNeill, Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“From defibrillators to day care centres and schools to scout groups, as a community retailer we want to enable members, colleagues, customers and communities across Scotland to make a difference locally.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of seeing a reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags in circulation. In addition, hundreds of local groups and organisations are set to receive a much needed funding boost – together, we are reducing, reusing, recycling and, reinvesting in our communities.”

Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead: said:

“Scotland has witnessed an incredible 80 per cent reduction in single-use carrier bag usage since the carrier bag charge was introduced in October 2014 – that’s at least 650 million fewer bags. In the process retailers have managed to raise an outstanding £7 million for good causes across the country. With the carrier bag charge we want to reduce litter and improve Scotland’s environment, but it’s great to see how it has evolved and that worthy causes are benefiting from it too. I’d like to congratulate the Co-op on its decision to distribute its funds among local groups.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Retailers are witnessing a huge reduction in the number of carrier bags in use and, it is clear that Scottish consumers have embraced a new shopping habit. The Co-op is a community retailer and its scheme illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

In addition to distributing the money raised by the requirement to charge for single-use carrier bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.
SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes across Scotland are set to “bag” a funding boost of more than £750,000 as The Co-operative today (Wednesday, 16 September) launches its Local Fund to share the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in its food stores.

The community retailer is calling on local causes or community groups interested in “carrying” away a share of the Co-op Local Fund to apply online by Wednesday, 7 October.

It is envisaged that approaching 1,000 organisations and groups across Scotland will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500 from The Co-op Local Fund to make a difference in their community.

In addition to the 5p minimum charge on single-use bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.

Applications can be made until midnight on Wednesday, 7 October. Then, between 16 November and 11 December, the community retailer will give its one million members in Scotland a chance to vote and have a say, from a shortlist of organisations, on how the fund will benefit local communities.

John McNeill, Divisional Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“The Co-operative is a community retailer with a strong heritage and commitment to the environment and to supporting its local communities.

“We are asking the Scottish public to nominate those causes that they care about and would like to see supported through The Co-op Local Fund. The Co-operative’s one million members in Scotland will then have a unique opportunity to vote and say how the money should be shared.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of reducing the number of single-use carrier bags in use. It is also encouraging shoppers to further reduce their reliance on single-use carriers by donating proceeds from its reusable bags to good causes too. The money raised will enable organisations across Scotland to make a difference in their community – together, we will reduce, reuse, recycle, and reinvest in our communities.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Since the carrier bag charge came into force we have seen a huge reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation in Scotland – around 150 million fewer last year alone. This has been a huge success with people changing their shopping habits to take re-usable bags with them.

“This scheme from The Co-op illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food, and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said:

“It is fantastic to see the carrier bag charge raising so much money for good causes, as well as achieving such drastic reductions in the number of single-use carrier bags being handed out in Scottish stores. I would like to commend The Co-operative for their support, and to encourage as many projects and local good causes as possible to apply in order for their communities to benefit from a share of the funds”.

The Co-operative has seen an 80% reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation since the introduction of the charge.

For further information or to make an application, visit www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, online electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with around 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

For further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

Tesco and Keep Scotland Beautiful launched community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy

  • Tesco partners with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch environmental grant scheme
  • £50,000 to be distributed to 200 groups across the country

Cheshunt, England, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have launched a community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy coming into force today.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, joined Derek Robertson, the Chief Executive of national environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and colleagues from Tesco Elgin to make the announcement.

Tesco’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after over 27,000 customers took part in a vote to choose which charity should benefit from the charge.

Now community environment groups across Scotland are being asked to apply for grants of £250 to help them in their local initiatives. £50,000 is to be distributed to 200 groups across the country.

The grant scheme is the first project to be launched as part of Tesco partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, with further initiatives to be announced over the coming months.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment said:

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“This milestone legislation to charge for carrier bags shows the Scottish Government is taking the problem of litter extremely seriously and underlines our ambition for a more sustainable Scotland.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful’s partnership with Tesco is a positive example of how the money can be distributed to communities and I look forward to hearing about the positive impact of these projects.”

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of the environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“We welcome our partnership with Tesco for the good that it will deliver all over Scotland. We know how important local environmental quality is to quality of life, so will put their support to work in making local communities cleaner, greener and happier places.

“Our announcement of the Community Grant Scheme today is an important first step in a year-long programme of activities that will change Scotland for the better.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“We’re proud to be partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Together, we have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The new grant scheme is a brilliant idea, allowing us to give something back to the communities we serve and supporting local groups doing great environmental work in their area.

And this is just the first step – we’ll be working with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch more exciting projects over the coming year.”

A similar charging scheme has been in place in Wales since 2008. From this month, Keep Wales Tidy will be the beneficiary of money collected in Tesco which is expected to be around £800,000.

 

Notes to Editors

·         To find out more about the community grant scheme and how you can apply go towww.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

·         Legislation to introduce charging for plastic carrier bags came into force in Wales on 1 October 2011, and is introduced in Scotland from today.

·         In June Tesco invited 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 were whittled down to the five-strong shortlist. Tesco customers were then asked to vote online for which charities or environmental organisations they thought would make the best use of the money.

·         The partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful will be for an initial period of 12 months from 20th October 2014 to 30th September 2015.

·         Keep Scotland Beautiful has pledged to use the financial support to improve local environments across Scotland local to Tesco stores.

·         Clubcard members are eligible for 3 free bags for life and should check their store receipt for a voucher.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.

From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.