New World to seek feedback on shopping bag charge
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