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Waitrose sets Q1'19 as deadline to do away with plastic bags

By Sheetal Sukhija, Colorado State News
17 Sep 2018, 23:53 GMT+10

LONDON, U.K. - Setting itself the deadline of March 2019, supermarket giant Waitrose has announced its plans to do away with all kinds of plastic bags. 

The supermarket pointed out in its announcement that the removal of all plastic bags at all of its stores would result in the amount of plastic consumption through its stores dropping sharply.

It estimated that around 550 tons of plastic or 134 million plastic bags would be eliminated as a threat, protecting the environment that much more. 

Tor Harris, the head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Health and Agriculture for the supermarket, said in a statement, “The removal of these bags will change the way our customers, many of whom have been asking us to do this, shop with us in the future.” 

At the start of this year, Waitrose pledged to help the environment and announced that it would remove all disposable paper cups by this autumn.

In its recent announcement, the supermarket confirmed that it was on target to achieve this goal.

The supermarket said that cups have now been removed completely from more than 300 of its 348 shops.

Now, Waitrose has said that it will remove loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags and 5p plastic carrier bags from all of its stores, by spring next year.

Harris added in the company's statement, "We know we still have a lot to do, but as with our commitment to removing takeaway disposable cups earlier this year, this represents another major step forward in reducing our use of plastics."

The supermarket further elaborated on its latest plans by saying that it would initially remove 5p bags from six shops from October 8 ahead of their complete removal in March 2019.

The move, Waitrose explained, was to understand how to manage the changeover as smoothly as possible. 

The supermarket said that it had decided to use a home compostable alternative for fruit and vegetable plastic bags in the place of harmful plastic bags.

Waitrose said that it has now committed to making all its own-label packaging widely recyclable, reusable, or home compostable by 2025.

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