Morrisons to become ‘first supermarket’ to remove all plastic carrier bags

Removing standard plastic bags across all stores is forecast to remove 3,510 tonnes of plastic a year

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Morrisons has announced plans to ditch all plastic ‘bags for life’ and trial reusable paper alternatives.

The supermarket chain says this is attributed to evidence that customers bin them after their use.

Starting from today, the plan saw eight Morrisons stores remove all plastic bags – it estimates removing standard plastic bags across all stores would save 90 million bags from being used and remove 3,510 tonnes of plastic a year.

The firm first introduced paper carrier bags at checkouts in all of its 494 stores at the start of last year, following the removal of 5p plastic carrier bags early in 2018.

David Potts, Chief Executive of Morrisons said: “We believe customers are ready to stop using plastic carrier bags as they want to reduce the amount of plastic they have in their lives and keep it out of the environment.

“We know that many are taking reusable bags back to store and if they forget these, we have paper bags that are tough, convenient and a re-useable alternative.”