Shoppers at a handful of Tesco stores in the UK will no longer be able to buy 5p “single-use” plastic carrier bags, in the first such trial by a supermarket.
If successful, it could lead to the bags being phased out completely, less than two years after the law was changed in England to force larger stores to charge for them.
Britain’s biggest retailer has launched the 10-week trial in three stores – in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich – to see how customers manage without the 5p bag option. Shoppers who forget to bring their own bags will still be able to buy more expensive reusable bags which start at 10p. Online shoppers also have the choice of the 5p bags or no bags at all and 57% now choose bagless deliveries, Tesco has said.
Source: Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags | Environment | The Guardian
by Rebecca Smithers, 24 May 2017