Asda charging customers for bag usage in October

Global retailer Asda issued a statement that customers will now be charged 5p per bag from 20th October 2014.

Global retailer Asda issued a statement that customers will now be charged 5p per bag from 20th October 2014.

An average household uses 400 bags a year and over 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. These are one of the most visible forms of littering and are responsible for the loss of wildlife and their natural habitat.

Scotland is the third part of the UK to introduce charging after Wales and NI with England anticipated to follow in 2015.

A spokesperson said: “At the moment, when you order online, we deliver your shopping in plastic bags. In the run up to legislation changing, from 8th September, we will be able to offer you an alternative delivery option. Your shopping will be packed into and delivered in plastic containers, which are called totes, we will still pack some items into bags such as raw meats and loose items such as vegetables and fruit.

If you choose bagless delivery, the doorstep process will change slightly. When your order is delivered, the Personal Delivery Driver will help you unpack your items at the doorstep or allow you to take the tote that holds your shopping into your house. They will then wait while you unload your shopping and take the tote back when you have finished.

You will still be able to select the option to have your shopping delivered in plastic bags if you would like.”

All supermarkets from 20th October will be required to charge customers for bags by law to clamp down on environmental waste.

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