Following the introduction of new government legislation coming in to force, which sees large retailers needing to charge a minimum of 5p for single-use plastic bags, we are urging retailers who qualify for the tax to donate their profits to us.
The new government policy, which came in to force on 5th October 2015, requires all large retailers (with the equivalent of over 250 full-time employees) to charge a minimum of 5p for single-use plastic bags. Small and medium employers who are not required by law to levy the tax are also being urged to adopt the scheme voluntarily in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags.
Retailers are free to donate profits from the tax to good causes and within the horticultural industry British Garden Centres and Squire’s Garden Centres, who both qualify for the tax, along with Langlands Garden Centre, who are voluntarily contributing, have already announced they will be generously donating profits to Greenfingers. We are now hoping other retailers will follow this lead and think of Greenfingers when deciding on a beneficiary for their carrier bag tax.
Our Head of Fundraising, Linda Petrons, said of the tax: “The government carrier bag tax provides an easy opportunity for retailers to donate to good causes. We are extremely grateful to British Garden Centres, Squire’s and Langlands who have already been kind enough to select Greenfingers as their benefiting charity. We urge others in the horticultural industry to follow suit and select us as their beneficiary – we have a waiting list of hospices who need our help to create gardens; contributions from the carrier bag tax can help us help them sooner.”
Any retailer who would like to donate their profits from the carrier bag tax to Greenfingers, or retailers who don’t qualify for the tax but would like to voluntarily contribute, should email email@example.com or call 01494 764749.
For further information about the carrier bag tax please visit www.gov.uk