Last week it was reported in the press that Tesco was not donating ALL of the 5p it charges for carrier bags to charity.
They were keeping some of it back to cover expenses- which they are entitled to do for training staff and changing the till system but not the actual cost of the bags. However other supermarkets such as Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda, were passing on all of the 5p (less VAT) to charities.
Obviously not a good PR move for Tesco. So this weekend my local Tesco started giving out tokens at the checkouts which customers can use to vote for the community charity they want the store to support. Asda has been doing this for years by the way.
And today it was reported that Sainsbury’s are getting round the charity donation by replacing their usual thin bags with re-usable bags and using some of the 5p to cover their cost (which is allowed as the law only applies to single use bags).