Carrier bag charge boost

Carrier bag full of shopping.
Carrier bag full of shopping.

Proceeds from the single carried bag charge introduced in Scotland since last year have been passed on to four Western Isles groups via a Keep Scotland Beautiful Community Grant.

It has been funded from the proceeds of the single carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland since October 20 last year.

Stornoway Old Peoples Welfare Association was among the recipients of the £250 Community Grant.

This allowed it to become further engaged in the local environment, make a sustainable difference locally and positively improve outdoor experiences in the community.

The grant helped Stornoway Old Peoples Welfare Association to transform an unsightly area into a bright and pleasant wheelchair accessible space - ensuring that the people assisted by the project can spend more time outdoors enjoying the environment.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “One year on from the introduction of the single use carrier bag charge, Keep Scotland Beautiful has supported communities, businesses and other organisations to make small improvements to

their local environment.

“The Community Grant Scheme has supported

over 200 projects across Scotland.

“We are delighted to put the money collected

from Tesco customers to good use and support projects to improve local environmental quality for their own community.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is proud of the positive impact the Community Grant Scheme has, and is having, on communities throughout Scotland.”

Further information on the projects funded through the Keep Scotland Beautiful Community Grants

Scheme can be found at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/community-projects/community-grants-scheme/about/