New World to seek feed­back on shop­ping bag charge

Otago Daily Times - - General -

AUCK­LAND: The New World su­per­mar­ket chain is ask­ing cus­tomers to vote on whether to keep plas­tic bags free — or to in­tro­duce a 5c or 10c charge for each bag.

The su­per­mar­ket chain said if cus­tomers vote to pay for bags, it would give the pro­ceeds to com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal causes in­clud­ing Sea­clean­ers, who work to re­move rub­bish from New Zealand water­ways.

New World cus­tomers can sub­mit a vote on­line at www.bagvote.co.nz from to­day un­til mid­night on Oc­to­ber 8.

New World will pub­lish the re­sults on Oc­to­ber 10.

‘‘We have been work­ing on a wide va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives for years now, but the one is­sue that seems to re­ally en­er­gise our cus­tomers is the topic of plas­tic shop­ping bags,’’ Food­stuffs man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve An­der­son said.

‘‘We be­lieve the best way for­ward is to work with our cus­tomers and ask them what they want for the fu­ture,’’ he said. — NZME

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