Woolworths shoppers across the country from Wednesday will now have an additional option when choosing how to get their groceries home.
At checkouts nationwide customers will now be able to pick up a fully recyclable paper bag for 20 cents –five cents more than reusable plastic bags rolled out following single-use bags being withdrawn.
The supermarket trialled the paper bags at select stores in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, where they were well-received, Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said.
“While the vast majority of our customers bring their own bags, we know customers sometimes drop by a store unplanned or can forget their bags when they’re on the run,” she said.
“For some time, customers have told us they’d like the option of a strong paper bag option, so we’re pleased to now offer that choice at our checkouts, alongside our existing reusable plastic bags.”
Ms Peters said the bags “resonated really well” with shoppers in 20 stores last year.
“We expect to see a positive response from the customers who’ve been asking for this option nationwide.”
The paper bags can be recycled in regular curbside bins, the supermarket said, with it also introducing reusable nylon produce bags in a pack of three for $4 from Wednesday.
“The bags are specifically designed to be compatible with Woolworths checkout scales and will be conveniently stationed in the fruit and vegetables section of all Woolworths Metros and select supermarkets,” a statement read.
Online customers do not yet have access to the paper bags, but the supermarket said plans were underway to make them available as part of delivery orders and pick up orders.
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