Asda shoppers face 30p charge for fruit and veg bags in plans to scrap plastic

Asda shoppers will face paying a 30p charge for fruit and veg bags as the supermarket moves towards ditching plastic bags in some stores.

From September 7, some shoppers will have to pay for recyclable bags in plans to scrap plastic.

The changes will take place in nine stores across the UK, where plastic bags will not be available for fresh food purchases.

Shoppers can bring their own bags or make the payment.

'Veggio' bags will be available which are made from recycled plastic water bottles.

Stores in Bridgend, Glasshoughton, Harrogate, Killingbeck, Middleton, Quedgeley, Swansea and two in York are involved in the trial.

The trial will run for four weeks, reports Mirror Online.

If customers feedback is positive, Asda could make the move permanent across all of its stores.

The move could save 141 tonnes of plastic a year, the supermarket has said.

The plastic bag initiative comes five years after the government introduced a 5p charge for disposable carriers in supermarkets.

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From April next year that charge will be doubled.

Other supermarkets have also made moves to cut their plastic output.

Tesco got rid of plastic bags for online shopping last year and Morrisons swapped plastic bags for life for paper ones.

Kevin Patel, director of produce at Asda, told The Sun: "This is a really exciting step in our journey as we continue to look at innovative ways we can reduce unnecessary plastic from across the business.

"We know that our customers and colleagues are really passionate about sustainability and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do their bit for the environment, without having to compromise on quality."

The government's plastic bag levy has proved very successful at cutting consumption.

Overall, sales of single-use plastic carrier bags dropped more than 95% since the charge was introduced in October 2015.

In the past 12 months, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, the Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose sold 226m bags – 322m fewer than in 2018-19.

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