SHOPPERS at Scone Woolworths will soon need to remember to bring their own reusable bags or pay in-store.
The supermarket is preparing to go single-use plastic bag free nationally from June 20 which will see the removal of 3.2 billion lightweight plastic bags from circulation each year across Australia.
Woolworths Scone Store Manager Jill Ollerton said Woolworths was committed to doing the right thing for the environment.
“We are proud to be able to help create a greener future for Australia with our customers,” she said.
“In the lead up to June 20, there will be increased signage in-store and at checkouts reminding customers on the date change.
“Our local team members will chat with customers regularly to ensure they know about the upcoming change and the various options available, as well as sharing tips on how to remember to bring reusable bags when shopping.
“We know our customers will have their own ways of remembering bags and we look forward to hearing how they are planning for the change as well.”
Shoppers will have access to purchase a range of reusable bag options starting from 15 cents.
Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko said the move will have a really positive impact on the environment and they were confident the local community will embrace it.
“Single-use plastic bags have become a huge problem for Australia’s oceans and waterways where they cause significant harm to marine life, such as turtles and whales,” he said.
“They also don't breakdown in landfill and require significant resources to manufacture in the first place.
“Experience in countries like the UK and Ireland shows that the introduction of small charges on plastic bags can end up reducing plastic bag usage by up to 85 per cent as locals embrace reusable alternatives.
“This is a real win for the environment.”