Single-use plastic bags will be banned in all Woolworths stores from Wednesday as the retail giant tries to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic in its stores.
Woolworths and Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30, 2018 for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers.
Millions of Aussie shoppers will be affected today as Woolies bans single-use plastic bags in its stores across Australia. Customers will have to buy a 15c reusable plastic bag or a 99c green bag. #9Today pic.twitter.com/lhkAB8f2KS
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 19, 2018
Woolies, which has provided more than 3.2 billion plastic bags a year to shoppers, later brought forward that deadline to June 20.
Shoppers will have to bring along reusable bags or buy them in-store.
The ban will affect customers shopping at the retailer’s supermarkets, BWS, Metro and petrol outlets in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
The bags were already banned under state legislation in Tasmania, South Australia, the ACT and Northern Territory.
Green groups have welcomed the bans being introduced by Coles and Woolworths.
Similar bans in Britain and Ireland have helped reduce plastic bag usage by up to 85 per cent.
Woolworths and Coles have also recently announced plans to slash the amount of plastic wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables in response to demand from shoppers.