Fruit and veg bags revo­lu­tion in store

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

WAITROSE is to re­move loose fruit and veg­etable plas­tic bags by spring 2019 and 5p sin­gle-use plas­tic car­rier bags by March next year in all shops.

It said the move will save 134 mil­lion plas­tic bags, the equiv­a­lent of 500 tonnes of plas­tic a year.

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

The re­tailer said the new al­ter­na­tive bags will look and feel sim­i­lar to the plas­tic ones, apart from printed text saying they are 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 from Oc­to­ber 8, at Sax­mund­ham, Ger­rards Cross, Keyn­sham, Dork­ing, Ne­wark and East Put­ney, to un­der­stand how to man­age the changeover as smoothly as pos­si­ble ahead of the com­plete re­moval in March 2019.

It said cus­tomers will be told be­fore the change comes into ef­fect in their lo­cal shop.

Ear­lier this year, the re­tailer an­nounced it would be re­mov­ing all take­away dis­pos­able cof­fee cups from its shops by au­tumn 2018. It said it is on tar­get to achieve this, with cups now hav­ing been re­moved com­pletely from more than 300 of its 348 shops.

It has also com­mit­ted to mak­ing all its own-la­bel pack­ag­ing widely re­cy­clable, re­us­able, or home com­postable by 2025 and changes in­clude a pledge not to sell any own-la­bel food in black plas­tic beyond 2019.

Tor Har­ris, head of cor­po­rate social re­spon­si­bil­ity, health and agri­cul­ture for Waitrose, said: “The re­moval of these bags will change the way our cus­tomers, many of whom have been ask­ing us to do this, shop with us in the fu­ture. We know we still have a lot to do, but as with our com­mit­ment to re­mov­ing take­away dis­pos­able cups ear­lier this year, this rep­re­sents an­other ma­jor step for­ward in re­duc­ing our use of plas­tics.”

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