Woolies plastic bag ban today: what you need to know

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 21, 2018

Woolworths is, from today, implementing their much-vaunted ban on all plastic shopping bags in a move that affects all the chain's stores across the nation.

From today, shoppers must bring along re-usable bags or buy them at the retailer's supermarkets, BWS, Metro and petrol outlets. We are proud to say that, from now on, single-use plastic bags are gone from our stores, for good.

Putting "reusable bags" at the top of your shopping list, keeping a couple in the auto or leaving a Post-it note on the fridge are some simple tricks that could work as a reminder.

Woolworths and Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30 for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers.

Shoppers will no longer receive single-use plastic bags as Woolies ditches them across the country - instead consumers will have the choice of bringing their own in, or buying reusable bags ranging from 15 cents to $2.

"From the beginning, we felt strongly that this was the right thing to do and we're really pleased to see customers are behind the change as well", Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.

Both supermarkets have also committed to reducing the amount of cling wrap used on fresh products moving forward, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables.

Retail employees union SDA has launched its "Don't Bag Retail Staff" campaign to coincide with the ban.

Recent research from Canstar Blue found one-in-five shoppers are opposed to the bag bans, predicting many would be confused by the sudden lack of plastic bags despite the publicity in the lead-up to the change.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the ban had been widely publicised and customers needed to bear with staff during the changeover.

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