£400,000 from plastic bag charge for local environmental projects

Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced funding from the plastic bag charge for local environment projects.

An initial £400,000, sourced from the carrier bag levy, will be available for the Challenge Fund in the current financial year for not-for-profit organisations delivering projects which aim to improve the local environment and boost civic pride.

Speaking about the fund, the Minister said: “The Challenge Fund is one of a number of mechanisms by which the proceeds of the carrier bag levy are reinvested in the environment. This funding of £400,000, with potentially further support later in the year, will enable local communities, schools and voluntary organisations to undertake small-scale projects to improve the environment and deliver environmental education.

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