Store to bin sin­gle-use plas­tic bags

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By VICKY SHAW

Waitrose will re­move loose fruit and veg­etable plas­tic bags by spring next year and 5p sin­gle-use plas­tic car­rier bags will be scrapped by March in all shops.

The su­per­mar­ket said the move would save 134 mil­lion plas­tic bags – the equiv­a­lent of 500 tonnes

of plas­tic a year. Waitrose and Part­ners said a home com­postable al­ter­na­tive would be used for fruit and veg­etable plas­tic bags.

The re­tailer said the new al­ter­na­tive bags would look and feel sim­i­lar to the plas­tic ones, apart from printed text say­ing they were home com­postable.

The ma­te­rial will break down in land­fill if put in a nor­mal bin and the bags can be placed in food waste cad­dies or home com­posted.

Waitrose will ini­tially re­move 5p bags from six shops south of the Bor­der from 8 Oc­to­ber to un­der­stand how to man­age the changeover as smoothly as pos­si­ble ahead of their com­plete re­moval in March.

The com­pany said cus­tomers would be told be­fore the change came into ef­fect in their local shop.

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