Tesco announces in-store ban on single use carrier bags

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Tesco sells over 700 million single use plastic bags every year

Tesco has announced plans to replace its single use carrier bags with a new 10p ‘Bag for Life’ made from 94% recycled plastic.

This follows a successful 10- week trail in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where sales of bags, which are replaceable for free if damaged, were reduced by 25%.

Online customers will still be able to opt for single use carrier bags for their shopping or select a “bagless delivery”, which Tesco says 57% of its online customers are now doing.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland CEO, said: “Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers.”

Tesco has given out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, but still sells over 700 million of these each year.

The new Bag for Life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which sees local community projects across Great Britain awarded grants.

Changes will comes into place on 28 August, 2017.

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