Community ‘bags’ dosh

John Devlin 20/10/14. GLASGOW. Silverburn TESCO. A charge for plastic bags has been introduced. Shoppers and GV's of inside of TESCO.
John Devlin 20/10/14. GLASGOW. Silverburn TESCO. A charge for plastic bags has been introduced. Shoppers and GV's of inside of TESCO.

The introduction of plastic bag charges split opinion last October, but now the local

community is reaping the

benefits.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scotland’s environment charity, announced on Tuesday the names of successful bids from communities across Scotland for its community grant scheme including two groups from Gazette country who bagged a share of the funding.

East Haven Residents’ Association applied for money to support gardening purchases to help improve the local environment and will use the £250 to enhance the entrance to the cycle path, provide an attractive display of plant and shrubs and build a small cairn of local stone along with an informational plaque for cyclists.

Also environmentally-minded, Monifieth Eco Force took the £250 and will use it to buy equipment to help keep the beach clear of undesirable items and make it a friendly place for the population, wildlife and domestic animals.

The Community Grant Scheme is funded from the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland, allowing Scottish communities to benefit from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The community grants provide a great opportunity for local groups to help them start making small local environmental improvements.

“We know the benefits to our health, sense of civic pride and pleasure to visitors and residents alike that can be derived from these small scale improvements.

“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments and we’re grateful to Tesco and its customers, for making this possible.”

Josh Hardie, Tesco corporate responsibility director, added: “We have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The awards will make places and spaces all over Scotland cleaner and greener. It’s a great way to redistribute the money our customers have given through the bag charge to support local groups doing great work in their local area.”