Woolworths plastic bag ban starts today; here's what you need to know

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Single-use plastic bags will be banned in all Woolworths stores from today, as Queensland prepares for a state-wide ban to take effect next month.

That means shoppers at not only Woolies, but BWS, Metro, and petrol outlets will need to either bring pre-existing reusable bags to the store, or purchase their own at store locations. We are proud to say that, from now on, single-use plastic bags are gone from our stores, for good.

"Putting "reusable bags" at the top of your shopping list, keeping a couple in the vehicle or leaving a post-it note on the fridge are some simple tricks that could work as a reminder", he said.

Woolworths and Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30 for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers. Woolies later brought their own personal deadline forward to June 20th, and that day has now arrived.

Green groups have welcomed the bans being introduced by Coles and Woolworths, with similar bans in Britain and Ireland helping reduce plastic bag usage by up to 85 per cent.

Recent research from Canstar Blue found one-in-five shoppers are opposed to the bag bans, predicting many would be confused by the sudden lack of plastic bags despite the publicity in the lead-up to the change.

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Both supermarkets have also committed to reducing the amount of cling wrap used on fresh products moving forward, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables. Although NSW will not have a ban, Coles and Woolworths have undertaken to phase out single-use plastic bags nationally.

Retail employees union SDA has launched its "Don't Bag Retail Staff" campaign to coincide with the ban.

"Retail workers should not have to bear the brunt of any abusive behaviour, just for following the new rules".

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