Waitrose announces further bans on single-use plastic bags

Waitrose is aiming to eliminate 40m single-use plastic bags a year by removing them from deliveries and in-store collections.
The retailer said the 50p carrier bags are fully recyclable.
// Waitrose says it is planning to remove 40 million single-use plastic bags a year
// Bags for life will also be removed from all major stores

Waitrose is aiming to scrap 40 million single-use plastic bags per year by removing them from deliveries and in-store collections.

Bags for life, which cost 10p will also be pulled from all major stores and will instead be replaced with 50p reusable bags that are made from recycled materials and are also fully recyclable.

The retailer said its research found that 10p bags were increasingly being used only once and not multiple times as intended.

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The change will come into effect from September 27, the same day that into-home deliveries will be allowed again.

If preferred, customers can still bring their own shopping into their home in crates provided, or have it brought to their doorstep by the delivery driver.

In April, Morrisons became the first major UK supermarket to completely remove plastic carrier bags, including bags for life, from their stores.

Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco had already removed plastic bags from deliveries, while Aldi announced a new plan to make all product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025

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  1. Can Waitrose refuse to exchange a Bag for Life although it is clearly printed on their thicker reuseable bags. Surely they should be made to honour this as it has clearly been a selling point for their more expensive bags. It does not say a bag for life but only for a few months!


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