Morrisons is banning all plastic bags from stores

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The change will come into force in every Morrisons supermarket in the UK. It is the next step in the company’s bid to reduce single-use plastic.

Morrisons will no longer sell plastic blags in its stores and instead, paper bags will be available for customers.

The paper bags can hold up to 16kg and Morrisons said they are “reusable, recyclable, water resistant, tear resistant”.

The paper bags will cost 30p and there will be cotton and woven bags available too, costing between 75p and £2.50.

Morrisons has said it will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year by scrapping plastic bags from its stores.

The banning of plastic bags entirely comes after Morrisons removed single-use plastic bags in 2017.

Plastic bags cost 5p for customers to buy from 2017, but Morrisons banned these in 2018.

However, customers continued to buy thicker plastic “bags for life”, which cost 50p from December last year.

The scrapping of plastic bags will begin in Scotland this month, followed by England and Wales over the next year.

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Almost 100 million plastic bags will be removed in total.

Morrisons trialled the paper bags in stores last year, and it proved to be successful.

David Potts, Chief Executive at Morrisons, said: “We have been listening hard to our customers over the past year and we know that they are passionate about doing their bit to keep plastics out of the environment.

“Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme.”

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