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SGF Helps to Keep Scotland Beautiful

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has formally announced that it will work alongside environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful - to help ensure that proceeds from the 5p single use carrier bag charge collected in convenience stores throughout Scotland supports their customers’ communities.

Following the introduction of the carrier bag charge in Scotland, the Federation’s members have raised significant sums which have, to date, been donated to a range of local charities and other good causes. The new partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful will allow smaller retailers to work together and make sure that the benefits of the carrier bag charge in corner shops are as tangible as the larger supermarket initiatives.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has a long term commitment to use the donated proceeds from the carrier bag charge to further engage local communities Scotland-wide and support local residents efforts to transform, clean-up and green-up their own environments.

Pete Cheema, Chief Executive of SGF, commented:

“The Scottish Grocers Federation has, since the introduction of the carrier bag charge, encouraged retailers to donate the proceeds to good causes that will improve the local environment. The initiative launched today will provide a central platform to allow us to work together, supporting a Scotland-wide environmental campaign.

“By partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful this will ensure that our retailers will be able to see significant environmental improvements on their own doorstep - benefiting their customers and the communities they serve.”

The partnership cements the relationship formed when the Federation, through its President Abdul Majid, signed a commitment to support the Clean Up Scotland Campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful last year. Now Keep Scotland Beautiful has pledged to deliver further environmental improvements with the Federations’ support..

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

There can be little doubt that the introduction of the 5p charge has had a significant effect on shopper behaviour. It has also allowed charities, such as Keep Scotland Beautiful to help transform communities by supporting locally led clean ups and further action on environmental improvements.

“We look forward to deepening our partnership with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation to continue to reach out to local communities across the country and help deliver real changes to help make Scotland cleaner, greener and sustainable.”