TIME to start packing those reusable shopping bags, because single-use plastic bags will soon be history at the region’s supermarkets.
Woolworths won’t have them from June 20, IGA on June 30 and Coles on July 1; Aldi’s ahead of the game, as it doesn’t offer them anyway.
This means it’s either BYO or buy a resuable one in-store, with each supermarket offering their own spin on eco-friendlier versions.
Woolworths Tamworth manager Clay Dawson said the chain wanted to listen to customers and do “the right thing for the environment”.
“We appreciate that it will be a big change for our customers, and we’ll do what we can to … make it as smooth and simple as possible.”
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As for tips on remembering the resuables, Mr Dawson said he was “terrible” at that himself, but thought it would quickly become habit.
A spokeswoman said IGA was also doing food and general waste audits in its NSW stores to “continue to reduce and eliminate plastic”.
Among the resuable offerings will be Coles’ Community Bags, designed by schoolkids; part of the proceeds will go to community groups.