ALDI has finally ditched it’s 5p plastic bags – but now shoppers will have to fork out 9p for a reusable one.
The discounter first announced the plans a year ago in a bid to remove 80MILLION single-use plastic bags from circulation.
Customers who want to pick up a bag at the till will now have to pay 9p for a “flexi-loop” which are made from back-of-store waste.
Aldi is also trialling a cotton bag alternative in a number of stores, as well as larger reusable polypropylene woven ones.
The bargain store reckons that the move will removed around 900 tonnes of plastic waste.
A five pence fee on plastic carrier bags came into force in England in October 2015.
Since then, the number of plastic bags handed out by UK supermarkets has dropped by 86 per cent.
But some critics have slammed the tax for creating more rubbish as customers now rely on “bags for life” – as 1.18billion were issued last year.
Last year it removed black plastic – which can’t be recycled because the colour isn’t picked up by sorting machines – from some fruit and veg lines, and non-recyclable pizza bases.
It is also exploring rolling out a deposit return scheme in stores which would pay customers to return plastic bottles.
This is a scheme that has already been adoped by Iceland – although it is still only trialling one reverse vending machine at a store in Fulham.
Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said removing the bags from stores is an important step to “eradicate plastic wherever possible.”
Tesco will pay shoppers 10p per 750ml plastic bottle that they return as part of a new recycling trial – but you can’t return own brand bottles from other stores.
Morrisons is also trialling a plastic bottle recycyling scheme in two stores, which sees it reward customers in the form of Morrisons loyalty points.
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