Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Coles follows Woolworths in banning throwaway plastic bags from mid

Mr Banducciand Michael James after announcing the phasing out of single-use plastic bags on Friday Mr Banducciand Michael James after announcing the phasing out of single-use plastic bags on Friday
Sammy Stanley | 15 July, 2017, 01:58

A Roy Morgan Research survey in May 2017 found that Woolworths and Coles received 35.7 and 33.2 percent, respectively, of the AUD$90.3 billion (USD 70.06) Australians had spent at the supermarket checkout over the previous year.

The decision will affect stores in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

The company now hands out 3.2 billion lightweight plastic bags each year, Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci revealed.

Johnson said Woolworths is likely pre-empting an official ban on plastic bags in the remaining states and the decision is unlikely to cost the company any money.

By this time next year, you'll have to BYO bag, or purchase a reusable one, if you're shopping at all Woolworths Group stores, including supermarkets, Big W, and liquor store BWS.

Woolworths Customers will be able to buy more durable, reusable plastic bags for 15 cents each.

Woolworths and Coles weren't only thinking of the environment when they banned the bag.

SUPERMARKET giant Woolworths will phase out single-use plastic bags from its Australian supermarkets within a year in a move created to cut costs and help the environment.

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"Our customers expect responsible retailing and they can be assured that this is just the start of further commitments by Woolworths in this space", he said.

"As a Group we are committed to listening to our customers and also doing the right thing for the environment, and we feel this is an issue we need to take a stand on".

The CEO said the company would be working with their staff to make the transition as simple as possible for customers.

South Australia, ACT, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have already implemented state-wide bans, and Queensland plans to do so next year.

A petition being circulated online has been signed by more than 160,000 people.

"It's disappointing that leadership on this issue has come from a large supermarket chain rather than from our politicians", added Wockner's statement, with Greenpeace calling upon Australia's state and federal governments to follow suit.

What do you think of this new change in Aussie supermarkets?

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