SHIFT AWAY FROM PLASTIC
Matamata New World store manager Ben Reid says the supermarket is encouraging people to make the shift from plastic to reusable bags.
He says there has been a noticeable decline in the amount of plastic bags used at the store and more people are buying reusable shopping bags.
New World offers a rebate of 5 cents for every reusable bag customers provide at checkout.
He said in the past the supermarket charged per plastic bag, but it was dropped due to customer feedback.
‘‘There wasn’t an appetite for it and we received backlash.
‘‘I’d like to think we will make a push to be plastic free.’’
The soft plastics recycling bin is emptied once a fortnight and taken to Cambridge New World, where it is passed along to REDcycle.
He said the bin fills up more often now than when it first arrived 18 months ago.
The Matamata store is also part of the New World country wide microbead Amnesty, which aims to keep microbead products off the shelves.
Tiny beads of plastic used as an exfoliating agent in many skin cleansing products find their way into drains and ultimately the marine environment.