Woolies prepares for bag ban

Woolworths Collie is reminding shoppers to prepare as the supermarket is set to go single-use plastic bag-free from June 20. Photo: supplied
Woolworths Collie is reminding shoppers to prepare as the supermarket is set to go single-use plastic bag-free from June 20. Photo: supplied

Customers shopping at Woolworths Collie are being reminded to bring their own reusable bags, as the supermarket prepares to go single-use plastic bag-free next month.

Store manager Bec Fitzpatrick said Woolworths was committed to ‘doing the right thing for the environment’.

“We are proud to be able to help create a greener future for Australia with our customers by removing single-use plastic bags from our store from June 20,” she said.

“We appreciate that it will be a big change for our customers and will do what we can to support them through the transition to make it as smooth and simple as possible.”

In the lead up to June 20, there will be increased signage in-store and at checkouts reminding customers on the date change.

“Our local team members will chat with customers regularly to ensure they know about the upcoming change and the various options available,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“We know our customers will have their own ways of remembering bags and we look forward to hearing how they are planning for the change as well.”

Customers will have the option to bring in their own bags or will have access to purchase a range of reusable bag options starting from 15 cents.

Planet Ark chief executive officer Paul Klymenko said the move to ban single-use plastic bags would have ‘a really positive impact’ on the environment.

“Single-use plastic bags have become a huge problem for Australia’s oceans and waterways where they cause significant harm to marine life, such as turtles and whales,” he said.

“They also don't breakdown in landfill and require significant resources to manufacture in the first place.

“Experience in countries like the UK and Ireland shows that the introduction of small charges on plastic bags can end up reducing plastic bag usage by up to 85 percent as locals embrace reusable alternatives.

“This is a real win for the environment.”