Supermarket giant Woolworths has ditched plastic produce bags in some of its stores as part of a six-week trial being rolled out in Western Australia.
Twelve stores are taking part in the trial ahead of Western Australia’s ban on single-use produce bags which will come into effect in March 2024.
Reusable mesh bags are currently on sale, costing 30 cents for a pack of three in the participating stores. But when the sale ends in two weeks customers will have to fork out $1.50.
Some angry customers have taken to social media to slam the retail giant for charging customers for the mesh bags.
“Previously Woolworths gave away plastic bags for fruit, but now the supermarket is trialling charging shoppers,” one user wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).
“I think that’s terrible…what can we take instead of having to pay for those… I think I will put one of their hand baskets in the trolley and then they can weigh the vegetables loose and put them straight in my bags,” another angry shopper added.
“Yes remove plastic bags from the checkout and fruit and veg isle but still have plastic bags all sizes on the shelf,” a third commented.
“This whole Woolworths bag thing is starting to give me anxiety,” a fourth user said.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the retail giant understands it will be “an adjustment for customers.”
“Twelve of our stores in WA are part of a six week trial process that is testing a number of different bagging options,” the spokesperson told SkyNews.com.au.
“Customers shopping in a trial store can choose to go bagless with their fruit and veg purchase or bring their own reusable bag. We will also be offering reusable mesh bags.
“We understand this will be an adjustment for customers and we’d like to thank them for helping us to prepare for the WA Government’s upcoming ban on single use plastic fruit and veg bags.”
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