Supermarket giant Countdown will remove single-use plastic bags from its stores and e-commerce operations by the end of 2018. The move – which means 350 million shopping bags will be taken out of the system – has been welcomed by industry associations.
In its press announcement today, Countdown’s managing director Dave Chambers said 83 percent of its customers support the plan. “We are now calling on the new government to step in and regulate to completely stamp out single use plastic bags,” he said. “Regulatory action gives the best outcome for our oceans and sea life, and will mean a universal approach that is fair for all retailers.”
Retail NZ says it’s great news that Countdown is moving to phase out plastic bags and congratulates all retailers that have taken steps to reduce the number of plastic bags being issued. “There is increasing customer demand for action by retailers on plastic bags. We have also seen New World recently launch bagvote.co.nz to ask its customers whether or not it should introduce a charge on bags” said Greg Harford, Retail NZ’s general manager for public affairs.
“A number of other retailers have also taken action, and we think this will increase over time. (Inside Retail)