Woolworths to ban plastic bags as of 20 June nationwide

Posted: 4 April 2018 11:57 am

Woolworths is taking a stand for the environment and banning plastic bags all around Australia!

We all know plastic bags have been a major environmental hazard for some time now. As a result, major brand, Woolworths, has decided to ban single-use plastic bags nationally from 20 June. More than 800 shops will be making the switch.

This change in stores means that customers will need to buy reusable or canvas bags if they forget to bring their own as single-use plastic bags will be axed ten days before the 1 July deadline.

This movement will happen across a range of stores, not just the Woolworths supermarkets. The single-use plastic bag ban will involve Woolworths supermarkets as well as BWS liquor stores, Metro Stores and petrol stations. The changes will affect stores in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Tasmania, South Australia, Canberra and the Northern Territory are already subject to State-imposed bans on single-use plastic bags.

Woolworths is getting ahead of competitor Coles' plastic bag ban by having their D-day 10 days before it was originally planned.

“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to accelerate the roll-out of this plan so we can start making a positive impact on the environment as quickly as possible,” chief executive Brad Banducci said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”

Woolworths provides more than 3.2 billion plastic bags a year, so this change is definitely going to have a huge impact. The rules and regulations are already pretty steep as some Queensland stores could face a $6,000 fine if they don't comply with the new plastic bag ban.

According to Planet Ark chief executive Paul Klymenko, placing a small fee on reusable plastic bags decreased plastic bag usage by up to 85%.

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