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CJ Lang and Son’s SPAR store in Auchterarder launched an in store campaign to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Funds earlier this year. The store encouraged customers to reuse their carrier bags. Every time a customer reused a carrier bag the store donated 10p to a local cause. The two causes were; The Community School for Auchterarder and Saint Margaret’s Hospital.

Customers were handed a green voucher every time they reused a carrier bag in store and then chose a cause to support by placing their voucher in the appropriate box. £204 was donated to The Community School of Auchterarder with £396 donated to Saint Margaret’s Hospital.

Store manager Murray Smith, said of the scheme:
“Our customers loved the idea of helping the local community and really got behind this initiative. As a community store, we are committed to helping reduce the number of plastic carrier bags used in store and to reducing the waste in Auchterarder. We thank the local community for supporting this and by doing so, helping to raise funds for local causes in the process.”

The store is open Monday – Sunday 7am until 10pm. The SPAR store offers a wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled and frozen foods, soft drinks and snacks, grocery products, off licence, household products and lottery services to the local community. Bill payment and mobile phone top up are all available through the store’s PayPoint facility as well as DVD rental for the perfect night in.

In attendance – Children from the local school and representatives from the Hospital being presented with their cheque by the SPAR store staff