We’ve got charity in the bag

Carrier bag charging has been in place in Wales since 2011 and in Scotland since 2014. Most recently in 2015, England also started charging 5p per bag. The proceeds from these sales are split between 11 charities across all three nations. It’s all about reducing our reliance on carrier bags and lessening our impact on the environment, as well as making a positive difference in our stores’ communities.

In England, the money raised from the carrier bag charge is split between four UK-based charities, which each get 20 per cent of the total raised:

  • In Kind Direct, which takes items and stock that businessses no longer need and distribute them to charities and non-profit organisations
  • The Prince’s Trust, the youth charity which changes young lives by giving young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, develop self-esteem and build work skills
  • WRAP, which strives for a world where resources are used sustainably, by rethinking how we use, consume and recycle products
  • The Woodland Trust, the leading voice for woods and trees, which campaigns to protect, restore and create woodlands

The remaining 20 per cent is sent to our stores regional charity partners, which includes causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Marie Curie, The Children’s Hospital Charity plus many more.

In Wales, money is donated to Keep Wales Tidy, Ty Hafan, Wales Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Research and Cancer Research Wales and in Scotland; funds from the carrier bag charge are donated to National Trust Scotland and The Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Look out for our wide range of Bags for Life in your local Wilko, which can be returned and replaced free of charge if they wear out.