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Bags of Help
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Bags of Help for local projects

Bags of Help is our exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.

We are proud to be working with Groundwork to help us administer the scheme.

About Groundwork

Groundwork is an environmental charity who work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face. By bringing people and the environment together with practical local action.

For more information visit Groundwork

Groundwork workers

How do I get involved?

Nominate local projects or apply for funding

We’re encouraging community groups and charities to apply for a grant. We’re also asking our customers to nominate local projects that they’d like to see receive some cash. Find out more by visiting Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help.

Customers vote

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in our stores across England, Scotland and Wales, with the projects changing every other month. Each time you shop you will be offered a blue token at the checkout and be able to vote for your favourite project.

Grants are awarded

At the end of the voting period, all three projects will receive funding in each local area. The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £1,000 to £4,000 – keep a look out for the results in store and online.

This money is already making a huge difference to thousands of local communities.

Bags of help results

The interactive map below shows some of the 10,000 (and growing) community groups that have been awarded a grant. So far, more than £43 million has been invested into local projects.

Carrier bag charging and how it affects me?

In-store –We encourage our customers to bring their own recyclable bags. Single use carrier bags have been replaced by a new Bag for Life, priced at 10p and made from 94% recyclable plastic. Customers can have their Bag for Life replaced for free if broken or damaged – just bring it in to your nearest store.

Online Grocery Home Shopping – Customers who opt for a bagged online order will be charged a flat rate of 40p for choosing to receive single use carrier bags with their shopping. We’ve worked this out based on the average number of bags needed to pack an order. The charge will appear itemised on the Customer Delivery Receipt as ‘Bag Charge’. You can avoid the charge by opting for a bagless order.

Click+Collect customers – Under the carrier bag charge rules a bag is considered chargeable if it has an opening and isn’t sealed. Therefore Click+Collect Groceries will be subject to a charge unless the bagless collection is selected at checkout.


Why should I reuse my own bag?

Not only will you avoid the charge, you will also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing litter, protecting wildlife and saving resources used to make and distribute bags.

Where does the money spent on plastic carrier bags go?

In England, Scotland and Wales the proceeds generated from the sale of the bags will go to good causes.

Proceeds generated from the charge, excluding VAT and costs, will be donated to local projects through our Bags of Help community grant scheme. We will be working Groundwork, an expert organisation, to help us do this.

In Northern Ireland the proceeds of the 5p levy are paid to the Department of the Environment (DOE). The money raised is used to deliver local projects to improve the environment.