Aldi to charge 25p for reusable fruit & veg bags and ditch free plastic ones

Aldi is ditching its free fruit and vegetable bags in stores.

Instead of giving out plastic carriers, it will start charging 25p for reusable ones.

These draw-string options are made from recycled bottles – and you can use them more than once.

This move is part of the supermarket’s pledge to remove single-use plastic bags from its 900 stores by 2021.

The reusable items have already been trialled in 100 stores in the Midlands, where they’ve worked well.

If you forget to bring your own bags into Aldi then you will be charged for a new one or forced to carry items in your hands instead.

Aldi bosses hope the move will prevent 100 tonnes of plastic a year from going into landfill.

The supermarket is aiming to halve the amount of plastic packaging used in stores by 2025.

Doing this could remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from going to waste in the next five years.

Another aim is to make own-label products as recyclable, reusable or compostable as possible.

Chris McKenry, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: "We’ve already made good headway with removing and replacing avoidable plastics across our product range, but now it is time to step things up when it comes to bags and providing our customers with sustainable alternatives."

The Aldi website adds: "We are continually working to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and ensure that the materials we do use are easy to recycle.

"We know that we still have a long way to go, but we’re working hard to reduce our environmental impact and ensure that our products are packaged sustainably."

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