From June 20, Woolworths, Big W, BWS, and a bunch of other stores will be self-banning plastic shopping bags in NSW. This includes online shopping, which will now carry additional fees. Here are the details.
Following statewide bans in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, a bunch of NSW retailers have vowed to kill off single-use plastic bags in all of their stores.
From tomorrow, Woolworths, Big W, BWS and Woolworths petrol stations will stop providing plastic bags to customers. Coles, Liquorland, First Choice Liquor and others will be following suit on July 1.
This means you will either need to bring your own shopping bags into the store with you, or purchase one of those "environmentally friendly" bags at the counter. (Woolworths offers reusable plastic bags for 15 cents and canvas bags for 99 cents.)
The main people who will be adversely affected by this policy are online shoppers. Woolworths home deliveries will now carry a $1 surcharge per reusable bag - if you do big fortnightly shops, this will really add up. Alternatively, you can opt to pay $3.50 for a crate-to-bench service that involves having your groceries unpacked directly onto your kitchen bench.
The Woolworths Group alone uses over 3.2 billion plastic bags per year, so it makes sense to bin the practice. With that said, we're going to miss them - they're great makeshift bin liners and make photography fun.
Better stock up at your local Woollies now - we're sure they'd be more than happy to offload reams of the stuff if you ask nicely!
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