south africa\'s woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

by:Chengbai     2020-01-09
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters)-
Woolworth holding, a South African chain department store, will cancel single
Use plastic bags from one of its stores in six months
The company said on Monday that a one-month trial period will be held to end plastic pollution.
Woolworths, which also have business in Australia and New Zealand from November, will not offer any plastic bags at Steenberg stores in Cape Town, and customers can choose to bring their own bags or pay £ 5. 50 rand ($0. 37)
A reusable bag
There is no law banning plastic bags in South Africa.
However, in order to reduce littering and stop customers from buying, South Africa increased the plastic bag tax by 50% in April, 12 cents per bag.
Feroz koorr, head of sustainability at Woolworth, said the study showed that the tax introduced in 2003 did not limit the country\'s consumption of plastic shopping bags.
He said retailers aim to phase out plastic bags by 2020.
\"When you consider that Woolworths currently sells about 0. 14 billion plastic bags per year, about 6 to 7 tons of plastic, helping consumers choose reusable plastic bags will have a significant impact on reducing plastic waste, koor said in a statement.
Supermarkets are under increasing pressure to reduce the use of plastic as images of scattered oceans and beaches become commonplace, shocking consumers and shareholders. The U. N.
Want to eliminate single-
By 2022, more than 60 countries had taken measures to ban or reduce plastic consumption.
More than 40 countries, including China, France, Rwanda and Italy, have banned, partially banned or taxed plastic bags at one time.
Last year Kenya imposed the world\'s toughest laws on plastic bags.
Those who violate the law will face up to four years in prison or a fine of $40,000. ($1 = 14. 8297 rand)
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