Carrier bag tax at garden centre raises £5,000 for Greenfingers

Haskins presented Greenfingers charity with a cheque to mark their most recent donation of £12,002.37.

The fundraising total includes money raised from Haskins’ buying director Conna Powles Wing Walk last month, as well as money raised throughout the year from the sale of carrier bags in all centres.

Haskins raised more than £5,000 from the sale of plastic carrier bags, following the government initiative to reduce the amount of carrier bags in the environment. With the sale of each plastic bag at Haskins, 5p is donated to Greenfingers.

The presentation of the cheque took place at the end of July and Haskins has since raised a further £831 for Greenfingers.

Homebase carrier bag tax helped pay for Greenfingers' Keech Hospice garden, which opened in July.

Squire's is among other centres to donate the carrier bag tax to the children's hospice garden charity.

Tesco is to stop selling single use 5p carrier bags in its UK stores from the end of August, instead offering reusable bags for life costing 10p.

A trial led to a 25% cut in bag sales as shoppers either brought their own or switched to the bags for life.

The more expensive bags are made from 94% recycled plastic and would be exchanged without charge when damaged, the supermarket said.

Tesco has donated some of the tax to greenspace schemes.

Tesco has handed out 1.5bn fewer single-use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, but still sells more than 700m each year.


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