Supermarkets are ridding themselves of the free plastic bags in the next year. This has not proven to have much of an impact on landfill space filled with plastic bags. Programs in the past seem to have proven to be ineffective. However, the markets stand to make a bit of money by selling reusable bags and discontinuing free plastic bags. It seems that the supermarkets and environment could benefit by using this new profit from reusable bags by giving some earnings to environmental and community groups.
- Plastic bags must either be purchased at check out or must be provided by the customer.
- Studies have shown that charging for bags does not change customer habits and does not reduce bag usage.
- Charging customers for bags is profitable for the stores, but does not benefit the environment.
“Australia’s two supermarket giants, Woolworths and Coles, have announced that their stores will stop offering their regular plastic bags within 12 months.”