Count down to bag ban

On­line shop­ping slugged up to $3.50 with bag changes loom­ing next week

The Queensland Times - - News - SO­PHIE ELSWORTH

SOME gro­cery shop­pers will be slugged hefty charges of up to $3.50 from next week when the dump­ing of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags be­gins.

Wool­worths is the first big su­per­mar­ket to re­move grey plas­tic bags from all their stores next Wed­nes­day and shop­pers who are not armed with their own bags will be charged ex­tra at the check­out if they re­quire them.

But a much higher charge ap­plies to on­line shop­pers who opt to have their gro­ceries de­liv­ered in a crate — this new ser­vice by Wool­worths will cost $3.50 per de­liv­ery to a cus­tomer’s bench­top.

There’s no way for Wool­worths on­line shop­pers to avoid ex­tra costs for on­line de­liv­er­ies — the only other al­ter­na­tive is to have gro­ceries de­liv­ered in re­us­able bags at an ad­di­tional $1 per de­liv­ery.

A Wool­worths spokesman said the cost for “crate to bench op­tion re­flects the ad­di­tional costs of pro­vid­ing this new ser­vice”.

“With the new crate to bench ser­vice, or­ders are packed di­rectly into our de­liv­ery crates, and then un­packed on to a cus­tomer’s bench by a de­liv­ery driver when they ar­rive.”

Cus­tomers in store can pur­chase re­us­able bags for 15 cents or fold­able bags for 99 cents.

Pre­vi­ously shop­pers had their de­liv­er­ies ar­rive in free sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

Plas­tic bags are be­ing re­moved in Vic­to­ria, NSW, Qld and WA to fall in line with other lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing SA, NT, ACT and Tas­ma­nia.

The move by the big two su­per­mar­kets to dump plas­tic bags is to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of us­ing sin­gleuse bags.

Con­cerns have re­mained around the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags be­cause they are not biodegrad­able and can have detri­men­tal im­pacts on ma­rine wildlife and birds.

Ri­val su­per­mar­ket Coles will take longer to dump them, re­mov­ing them from all stores na­tion­ally from July 1.

From then cus­tomers ar­riv­ing at stores with­out bags in tow will be charged 15c per re­us­able plas­tic bag if they need them or they can buy other durable multi-use bags from $1.

Coles’ gen­eral man­ager of on­line Karen Don­ald­son said, “Coles on­line’s new bag­less de­liv­ery op­tion, which uses re­us­able crates will not in­cur any ad­di­tional charge to Coles cus­tomers out­side of the cur­rent de­liv­ery fee.

“Gro­ceries will be un­packed in the cus­tomer’s home and crates will re­turn with the de­liv­ery driver.”

There is an­other op­tion for cus­tomers to be charged 15c per re­us­able bag if they opt to have their gro­ceries de­liv­ered in bags.

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