SYDNEY, June 3 (Xinhua) – Australia’s largest supermarket chain Woolworths has taken a step forward by promising to phase out all kinds of plastic bags in its stores following a nationwide ban on disposable plastic bags.
The company has promised that its supermarket stores, a subsidiary of the retailer BIG W, will gradually phase out all plastic bags in Australian stores by June 2023, which is estimated to remove 9,000 tonnes of plastic per year.
Announcing Friday, Woolworths Supermarket Managing Director Natalie Dice said the reusable bags were originally introduced to help customers adjust to disposable plastic bags.
“We have seen a huge shift in shopping habits as we stopped providing disposable plastic bags when eight out of 10 customers now bring their bags home,” he said.
“Reusable plastic bags have played a role, now is the time to stop selling plastic shopping bags in our coffers forever.”
On June 1, New South Wales (NSW) became the last Australian state or region to ban the use of disposable plastic bags as the state seeks to phase out all “problematic” disposable plastics.
Over the next 12 months, the ban will include a number of “problematic” plastic items, including plastic straws, plastic cutlery, cotton swabs, and disposable plastic containers.
“Disposable plastic packaging 60 accounts for 60 percent of all of NYSU’s waste,” said New York Environment Minister James Griffin, announcing the ban on Wednesday.
“By first stopping the supply of problematic plastic, we are helping to prevent it from entering our environment as garbage or going to landfills.”
The ban in the United States is part of the NSW Plastic Action Plan, which aims to prevent 2.7 billion plastics from entering the environment over the next 20 years.
Australia’s largest retailer stops production of reusable plastic bags
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