Single use carrier bags, popular at supermarkets, are being replaced with new “Bag for Life” that costs 10p. Tesco shoppers will not be able to purchase a 5p bag from August 28, 2017.
This move follows a trial at three stores in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where 5p bags have not been available since May 5, 2017. After a change in the law in October 2015, customers are being charges by large retailers for plastic bags.
Government figures state that the use of single-use carrier bags has dropped by over 85%. According to UK’s biggest supermarket, 1.5 billion fewer single-use bags have been given out by it since the change in rules. It still, however, sells more than 700 million each year.
They believe that doing away with the single-use carrier bag will bring down the number of bags sold significantly, helping reduce litter and landfill. The money raised from the sale of 5p bags goes to community groups and green projects.
The sale of the new 10p bags will continue to fund these projects. People buying products from the company online will still be able to choose a single carrier bag or opt for bagless delivery. Tesco also said that they are getting rid of single-use wine carriers and lowering the price of “Carry me bottle bags” from £1 to 40p.
“The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities,” said UK and Republic of Ireland CEO at Tesco, Matt Davies.
“I welcome Tesco wanting to go further and help their customers use even fewer plastic bags. The switch to a Bag for Life will continue to help reduce litter and boost recycling – helping to leave the environment in a better state than we found it,” said Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister.