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From 28 August, Tesco Bags of Help community funding will come from the sale of a new Bag for Life, priced at 10p and made from 94% recyclable plastic. Single use carrier bags in Tesco will no longer be available and will be replaced by the new Bag for Life.

Tesco will continue to fund Bags of Help, its local community grant scheme, through the sale of the new bag. In Scotland it has already provided more than £4 million to over 780 local community projects in the last 2 years.

The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags. Sales of bags in trial stores have since reduced by 25% and customers found that the Bag for Life, which is replaceable for free if damaged, helped them move to re-useable bags.

Tesco has given out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge, but still sells over 700 million of these each year.  Removing single use carrier bags will significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill.

The new Bag for Life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help, which is delivered by Groundwork working with greenspace scotland to support applicants and successful projects in Scotland. The scheme funds local community projects across Great Britain, with Tesco customers voting for their favourite local project by picking up a blue token at the checkout each time they shop. Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to over 6,400 local community projects. The scheme has until now been funded through the levy placed on single-use bags.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco, said: "The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically.  Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities

Community groups and charities can apply for Bags of Help funding and Tesco customers can nominate projects they’d like to see receive some cash. More