Sep 7, 2017

Tesco takes admin charges from charity plastic bag scheme

Tesco has taken more than 10 per cent of the proceeds from selling carrier bags for charity to cover administration costs - the only major supermarket to take a cut of donations under a government scheme to cut down plastic bag use. Under a scheme introduced in 2015, British retailers charge at least 5p for plastic bags and donate the proceeds to good causes. The supermarket group said that an additional 0.02p from each 5p bag - just 0.4 per cent of the total - went on paying its "Internal costs" that included putting voting booths in stores that allow customers to choose where the carrier bag proceeds go. A spokesman for Morrison's said that "All the money from our carrier bag sales goes into the Morrison Foundation", which is the Bradford-based supermarket group's in-house charity. It now funds its charity donations by selling a "Bag for life" that is made from 94 per cent recycled plastic and costs 10p. Sales of the bag will continue to fund community projects, Tesco said.

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