A new play area at Ufford Street Recreation Ground in Waterloo is to benefit from the profit made by Marks & Spencer from its 5p charge for plastic carrier bags.
Ufford Street Recreation Ground is one of eight 'Greener Living Spaces' announced last week by Marks & Spencer.
M&S began to charge customers 5p for food carrier bags in early May; the company says that by mid-July this had resulted in an 80 per cent reduction in the number of bags used – and generated £200,000 for environmental charity Groundwork.
Plans for the new play area have been developed by Groundwork London over the past two years. Work is expected to last for about 3 months.
M&S – which recently opened a Simply Food store on Bankside's Southwark Street – will be giving all its customers a free bag for life (normally 10p) with each food transaction from Thursday 21 August to Monday 25 August.