Plastic bags to go at Kingaroy Woolworths

HAPPY SHOPPER: Kingaroy resident Jennifer Watts welcomed the news of the Woolworths plastic bag ban.
HAPPY SHOPPER: Kingaroy resident Jennifer Watts welcomed the news of the Woolworths plastic bag ban. Tobi Loftus

FOR Kingaroy resident Jennifer Watts, Woolworths phasing out plastic bags within the next year will make it easier to remember her reusable shopping bags.

"Sometimes it's a spur of the moment decision to go shopping,” Ms Watts said.

"I just pop in for dog food and so I don't have (green bags) with me.

"It's a good idea, it will be good for the landfill.”

Ms Watts said she usually took her green bags with her when doing a big shop, but regularly forgot to take them on smaller shops.

"Sometimes I don't have them with me, now I'll have to bring them every time,” she said.

"People are against having to pay about 10c for a bag.”

South Burnett Regional Councillor Ros Heit, who took the Plastic Free July challenge this year, said she was pleased with the "fabulous news”.

"It will certainly help local landfill, we get an awful lot of rubbish each week and if we can reduce that then that's got to be good,” Cr Heit said.

"When plastic bags are there we use them and it's easy, when they aren't there it will make people bring green bags and cardboard boxes.

"It will make it easier to help the environment.”

Woolworths chief executive officer Brad Banducci announced the supermarket chain would be phasing out plastic bags over the next 12 months on Friday, instead asking customers to pay 15c for a reusable bag, or bring their own.

"We are committed to listening to our customers and also doing the right thing for the environment, and we feel this is an issue we need to take a stand on,” Mr Banducci said.

"We currently give out more than 3.2billion lightweight plastic bags a year and hence can play a significant role in reducing overall plastic bag usage. Today's commitment shows we are committed to taking our environmental and community responsibilities seriously.”

Shortly after Woolworths made there announcement, Coles announced it would phase out plastic bags.

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