Woolworths to remove plastic bags by 20 June 2018

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 4th April 2018

Woolworths will be removing all single-use plastic bags from its Australian stores by 20 June 2018.

The 20 June ban applies to all Woolworths supermarket, BWS, Metro and Woolworths Petrol stores.

More than 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags are currently handed out by Woolworths in Australia each year.

Woolworths Group Chief Executive Officer, Brad Banducci, said Woolworths feels very strongly that banning the plastic bag is the right thing to do.

“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to accelerate the rollout of this plan so we can start making a positive impact on the environment as quickly as possible,” Banducci said.

“We know this is a big change for our customers and store teams, and we need to do all we can to make the transition as seamless as possible for both.

“To this end, we have a dozen supermarkets across Australia going single-use plastic bag free from today. We’ll closely monitor feedback from customers in these stores and apply any lessons we learn to our national rollout on 20 June.”

Customers who do not bring their own bags when shopping at Woolworths can either purchase a reusable plastic bag for 15 cents each or a canvas bag for 99 cents each.

By 30 June 2018, Woolworths will offer flexible plastic recycling options at all of its supermarkets through the REDcycle program.

 

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