Woolworths stores in Singleton, South Fremantle and Cottesloe first to ban single use plastic bags; ahead of statewide ban in July

Woolworths stores in Singleton, South Fremantle and Cottesloe first to ban single use plastic bags; ahead of statewide ban in July

WOOLWORTHS stores in Singleton, South Fremantle and Cottesloe will be among the first stores in WA to be single-use plastic bag free from April 4.

The move follows the commitment made by the Woolworths Group in July 2017 that it would no longer offer single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags to customers across its entire store network in Australia by June 30 this year.

Nationally, this will result in the removal of 3.2 billion lightweight plastic bags from circulation.

Woolworths Singleton store manager Suzette Ford said supermarket staff members were committed to listening to customers and doing the right thing for the environment.

“I’m really proud that Singleton will be among the first stores in WA to play our part in reducing plastic bag usage,” she said.

“We appreciate this is a big change for our customers and our team is already working to make this transition as smooth and simple as possible.”

In the lead up to April 4, Singleton residents will begin to notice prompts in-store on the changeover date. Team members will also be speaking with customers to ensure that they are aware of the upcoming change, the various options available, as well as tips on how to remember to bring their reusable bags when shopping.

Customers will have the option to bring in their own bags or will have access to purchase a range of reusable bag options starting from 15 cents.

They will also have the option to drop bags off in the REDcycle bin when finished with them, which will be available in-store from mid March.

The WA Government ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags starts on July 1.

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