Customers of Tesco will be asked to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8 million from carrier bag charges in Scotland and Wales.
The organisations on the shortlist for Scotland are Love Food Hate Waste, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Groundwork UK. For Wales the shortlisted charities are Keep Wales Tidy and Groundwork UK.
In June, Tesco requested proposals on how charities would use funds to help make a difference to the environment and local communities and 120 organisations that applied have now been reduced to a shortlist of five.
One organisation will be selected to partner with Tesco in each region with the Scottish levy expected to be worth around £1 million and the Welsh levy around £800,000.
Tesco community director Greg Sage said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to partner with us and make a real difference to the communities they serve. Our customers are the ones who will pay the charge, so we really wanted them to choose the partners that will benefit from the money.
“Since 2011, the carrier bag levy in Wales has raised over £2.3 million for the local RSPB, which has been used for vital conservation work. We received a huge number of very strong applications from different organisations to be our new partners, and it was a tough job whittling the applications down to just five. It’s now down to our customers to decide who the winners will be.”
Both partnerships will run for 12 months from the beginning of October.
Vote at www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote