Tesco ponders axing 5p carrier bags

30 May 2017
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Tesco is running a trial which could see the removal of 5p carrier bags from its stores, with customers only able to purchase a 10p “bag for life”.

All major retailers in England were forced to introduce a 5p carrier bag charge in October 2015, following similar rules being introduced in the rest of the UK. This was intended to cut usage of disposable bags and reduce waste.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs estimates carrier bag usage dropped by 85% following the changes.

Now Tesco is considering going one step further by removing all 5p bags from a number of shops on a trial basis. Instead, customers will need to purchase a thicker 10p bag if they forget to bring one with them.

This trial is currently running at shops in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich for 10 weeks.

Tesco’s online delivery service will continue to use single use carrier bags, although customers do have the option of receiving a “bagless” delivery.

The supermarket says it runs a wide range of trials each year to see how it can reduce waste and service customers better.

A Tesco spokesperson says: “We are carrying out a short trial in a few stores to look at the impact on bag usage if we remove single use carrier bags.

“In these stores customers who need a bag can still buy a Bag for Life which they can reuse.” 

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I prefer the 5p bags as I use them for my rubbish. Then before I put them down the shoot (of the block where I live) I can tie the handles together to ensure that nothing falls out. With the 10p bags, you cannot do this as there are no "handles" to use as the tie. therefore, whenever I am in Sainsbury's, say, I NEVER buy the 10p bag. PLEASE keep the 5p bag - I usually buy at least 20 - if not 20 - at a time from my Tesco in Pimlico, London

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Please extend the elimination of thin bags and the introduction of the 10p thicker bag which is a better option and will encourage people to keep the bag and re-use it.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Great idea from Tesco; I hope all other supermarkets will follow suit. The environment should be put above everything else and plastic is doing so much harm to the planet. I leave cloth bags in my car and always carry at least one around with me. It's a no brainer; why can't everyone buy some fabric bags or go to events where organisations often give them away.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

One way to reduce waste would be for Tesco to have all trolleys fitted with a coin lock, or other security device. I see a LOT of Tesco trolleys in the Mersey and Tame rivers in Stockport. I see ASDA trolleys as well. I do not see and Sainsbury trolleys. No prizes for guessing which of the three main supermarkets has a coin lock fitted. Today, for the first time I saw a kingfisher in the town centre. It even caught a stickleback. fabulous. It preferred one of the ASDA trolleys as a perch rather than one of Tesco's. I don't know how much a trolley costs, but either protect them, or arrange to retrieve them, from where they blight our local streams. I want to see that kingfisher on a tree branch.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Personally I hate this idea. It's bad enough that if you are forgetful you occasionally need to buy a carrier bag for 5p but to penalise people at 10p a time I think is very unfair! Although my local tesco is quite good at leaving cardboard boxes for people to use which is a far better solution in the first place

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Sounds good for Tesco profits................... (or will they still give 5p of each 10p bag sale to charity).Sale of plastic carrier bags down but what happened to the sale of swing bin liners, they are still plastic bags!!!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

That's good, but hopefully they will still be able to wrap certain fresh chicken and fish products at the checkout to prevent cross contamination.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

great idea

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Tesco please don't take away your small carrier bags for people on their own to use. I recycle mine for rubbish too.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Great idea to have just more substantial plastic bags at 10p. They are much more likely to be re-used than flimsy bags which are usually thrown out fairly soon.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

A very wise decision on there part.The 5p carriers are thinner then they use to be and don't last very long.A 10p for life carrier may teach people to keep and reuse.I only buy carriers if forgotten my shopping bags. I now have a set for each car even if it means replacing back in trolley after purchase and repacking back at the car if I have forgotten to take them into the store with me.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

This should have been implemented by ALL supermarkets ect long, long ago. It was in France, people got used to it, brought their own bags and re-usable sacks and did/are doing the environment a lot of good. This obsession with plastic is destroying the earth and all that is on it.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Sounds like a good idea may make people more likely to remember to bring a bag with them

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Whilst I totally agree with trying to encourage people to purchase (and use) reusable bags, isn't it about time supermarkets addressed their own policies about packaging? Whilst we can reuse bags, and are pressured to do so, supermarkets do little to ensure that both their own and other manufacturers' products are packaged in recyclable materials. It's always down to individuals to 'do their bit' for recycling, but supermarkets aren't fined (e.g. 5p per carrier bag) for supplying products in unrecyclable or excessive packaging. The government should also be pressurising white goods manufacturers to return to providing reliable items that last for many years without having to be scrapped, instead of the now standard products which rarely last more than 5 years. So much for a society which is eco-friendly!!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Brilliant idea. Most sensible shoppers have invested in bags to take to the supermarket anyway.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

If no choice of 5p bag then I would leave my shopping and shop elsewhere. Tesco is expensive, I shop at aldi and Iceland. Much better value for money, bigger 5p bags and better quality food.

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