Woolworths To Phase Out Plastic Bags By June 20

Woolworths To Phase Out Plastic Bags By June 20

First its Select range of products and now the humble plastic bag! It’s political correctness gone mad I tells ya! Except, you know, it’s not. Woolworths had decided to do what’s best for the environment and by June 20, it’ll have killed off single-use plastic bags in all of its stores.

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And it’s not just supermarkets — the dump includes BWS and Woolworths petrol outlets, according to a company press release:

The confirmation of the date for the phasing out of bags from stores where a statewide ban hasn’t already been implemented follows the commitment by the Woolworths Group last year that it would end the use of single-use plastic shopping bags in all stores by the end of June 2018.

The release goes on to say that Woolworths Group as a whole uses over 3.2 billion bags a year and 12 stores have already kicked the plastic bag habit (as of April 4):

NSW – Woolworths Marayong, Greenway Village, Dural, Mullumbimby
VIC – Woolworths Wyndham Vale, Taylors Lakes, Toorak
QLD – Woolworths Mossman, Noosa CivicWA – Woolworths Singleton, South Fremantle, Cottesloe

So if you’ve visited any of these stores recently and been baffled by the lack of bagginess, well, this is why.

For those who forget to bring their own carrying gear, Woolworths has you covered:

Customers … will have access to a range of alternative shopping bag options in store, including thicker reusable plastic bags at 15 cents and canvas bags at 99 cents.

If you’re a Coles diehard, don’t worry, the company announced back in mid-2016 that it’s working to “improve environmental outcomes throughout [its] business”, including plans to phase out the plastic.

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Woolworths announces June 20 as the date for national phase out of single-use plastic bags [Woolworths]


  • Welp.. No more woolies for me. While I appreciate what they’re doing, this is going to reduce my usage of plastic bags as I’m constantly reusing them at home. So I’ll just have to buy more plastic bags.

  • So are they still selling bin liners and rubbish bags? Everyone I know uses the plastic grocery bags in lieu of garbage bags. So now we’re going to have to buy rubbish bags and reusable grocery bags and we’re no better off than we are now.

    • There is no such thing as a biodegradable plastic bag. They will just break down in smaller pieces and become an even worse environmental menace.

      Paper bags may not be as environmentally sustainable option either plus they will be expensive to make them strong enough to carry shopping.

      The only way is to use good old fashioned reusable long term bags. I’ve been using them for 30 years so I can’t really understand why people find it so hard.

      • I’m pretty sure that Paper Bags was what sa_penguin was talking about when he said biodegradable. Considering they had decent, strong paper bags decades ago (and still do in some places) it’s obviously not a difficult item to produce. So I don’t see why with more modern manufacturing techniques they couldn’t make cheap, durable paper bags. And they can be sustainable. Just plant more pine forest instead of *just* bulldozing it and putting up houses.

        It’s a pity the supermarkets stopped reusing cardboard cartons. I remember as a kid my Mum would get groceries and they’d often put them in the old cartons. I also remember burning the cartons and paper waste in a backyard incinerator and my parents bitching about plastic bags because you couldn’t (shouldn’t) burn them 😛

        As for reusable bags, people don’t like them because they’re a pain in the arse when it comes to impulse buying. On the way home from work and you realise you need bread, milk and a couple other small items you’ll have to buy more reusable bags. Every… damn… time…

        Same problem only worse if you happen to forget them when you’re doing a big grocery should. Then you’ll need to buy a dozen more.

      • Ah. But there are compostable bags made from 100% plant based materials. Our local council has us use them in the organics bin & they break down within about 12 weeks (I think) once the bacteria get to work.

    • I think the research down here (Tasmania) has shown that there has been a substantial reduction in the number of bags used. I can’t cite the article but it’s out there.

  • Woolworths dumped plastic bags in Tasmania years ago (forced to) – and replaced them with plastic bags you need to pay for. Nothing has really changed, except Woolworths make more money.

  • So now i can replace the dual use plastic bags (shopping bag and bin liners) with bags for shopping and single use bags (that are probably made of more plastic than the super thin shopping bags) for rubbish.

    Sure adding $1 to a large shop for 7 bags wont break the bank (if we forget the reusable ones), but its a mental thing that we now have to pay for something that was always free (cause face it although it was included in costs of what we buy they wont be passing any savings onto us)

  • and ….. why the click bait headlines? You know Woolies are not phasing out plastic bags. You said so in the article. They are just charging for ones they take long to degrade in the environment.

  • I love the big sign at the entry to the Greenway store advising me that the store was now single-use plastic bag free. But as my 9-yr old son pointed out, the vegetable bags and the bags used in the deli are made of plastic and are single use.

    Sounds like a case of misleading advertising to me.

  • That’s alright I’ll just pack my groceries in the bags they give you for vegetables.
    On another note do people know how much of their recycling goes into land fill?
    Also those green shopping bags are plastic You? Apparently you need to use them 104 times to break even on the environmental damage compared to a single use bag.


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