ENOC: Zoom Marks ‘International Plastic Bag Free Day’

A degradable bag in the Pick n Pay Waterfront on Tuesday morning

A degradable bag in the Pick n Pay Waterfront on Tuesday morning

"Single-use plastic has pervaded every corner of our lives and it's an addiction we need to address", the Greens' policy document says.

Supermarket staff in Australia have faced abuse and violence from shoppers angry at the removal of plastic bags as a ban comes into force.

As of today, major retailers in Western Australia and Queensland face fines if they supply single-use plastic bags - which are already banned in Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

The reusable bags range in price from Dh3.50 to more than Dh20.

Shoppers can deposit used plastic bags for other shoppers to reuse, and will be rolled out across all Waitrose stores.

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Fine Fare Food Market, which operates all nine Waitrose stores and 52 Spinneys stores in the UAE, will consider rolling out the plastic bag charge across its entire network of stores if the trial is deemed to be successful.

In Western Australia one of the buyers attacked the seller of a network of Woolworths refused to give him a free package.

Australians were used to consume plastic bags at an awesome rate. Almost two thirds, 60 per cent, of shoppers replied to a survey saying that they support the initiative due to the impact of plastic on the planet.

A survey by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association - the union that represents shop assistants - showed that of the 141 members employed by the two chains to respond so far, 61 said they had been subjected to abusive behaviour. There would be exemptions for plastic bags used for medical or security purposes.

New World has committed to becoming plastic bag free by the end of the year but is staggering its approach through 10-cent voluntary donations for plastic bags or a five-cent discount for customers who bring their own. In 2018 Zoom will also introduce canvas bags as part of its efforts to eliminate plastic.

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