Coles, Woolies ban single-use plastic bags in 12 months

Harris Farm Markets has explained the reasoning behind the ban on its official Facebook page

Banucci also suggested his chain would be moving away from the plastic packaging of fruits and vegetables saying, "our customers can also expect further commitments in reducing plastic use in all parts of our supply chain, especially in fruit and vegetables".

Woolworths, Coles and Harris Farm Markets will ban plastic bags from their stores within 12 months, in a step hailed as a major win for the environment.

Lobby groups have been campaigning for decades to "ban the bag".

"The overwhelming majority of Australians support a ban on single use plastic bags - which are only used for minutes on average, but then take up to a thousand years to decompose".

Instead of single-use plastic bags, Woolworths will now sell "thicker reusable versions" of plastic bags and cloth bags at the checkout.

The announcement affects stores only in states that have not passed legislation banning single-use bags: New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

The new rules will cover all stores across the Woolworths Group nationwide - including Woolworths Supermarkets and Metro stores, BIG W, BWS and Online.

The plan to remove plastic bags from supermarkets has been a long process in Australia.

It is estimated that tens of millions of plastics bags end up in Australia's waste streams every year and are frequently ingested by wildlife.

Harris Farm has announced on Facebook that it will ban the use of plastic bags for good
Harris Farm has announced on Facebook that it will ban the use of plastic bags for good

CEO Brad Banducci said the 3.2 billion bags the group now issues annually will vanish from the network by 30 June, 2018.

More than 70 per cent of the rubbish entering Australian oceans is plastic, according to Animals Australia.

It was only ever a matter of time until Woolworths' biggest rival, Coles, announced a similar ban.

Aldi supermarkets have implemented this method since opening in 2001.

"At the moment they're buying a bulk quantity of single-use bags and passing the cost on throughout your purchases", Johnson said.

Greenpeace has been campaigning for NSW and Victoria to introduce a ban.

BOTH dominant supermarket conglomerates in Australia have announced that they will move to phase out lightweight plastic bags by mid-2018, in a move welcomed by environmental activists. "They kill our wildlife, they kill turtles, dolphins, fish and birds, and they pollute the precious natural environment of our state".

Environmental campaigners welcomed the decision on Friday, however called for further action by Australian governments at the state and national level.

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