Plastic bags are no more at these Countdown stores

New Zealand 23/05/2018

As of Monday, 10 Countdown stores across New Zealand have officially abolished plastic bags.

Customers will either have to bring their own or buy a reusable bag at the checkout. 

"Whatever you bring, we'll pack it for you," Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said in a statement.

"If you bring a bucket or a wheelbarrow... then that's cool, and if you forget, then we'll have some options available."

She said there will be signs to remind customers of the change. 

"We know it's going to be pretty annoying, but we are committed, because we definitely think it's the right thing to do." 

The remaining 172 Countdown stores will go plastic bag free by the end of the year, Hannifin said.

The ten Countdowns who have now gone plastic bag-free are:

  • Dargaville
  • Grey Lynn, Richmond Rd, Auckland
  • Aviemore Dr, Highland Park, Auckland
  • Roselands, Papakura, Auckland
  • Northwest, Massey, Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Johnsonville Mall, Wellington
  • Victoria Ave, Whanganui
  • Redwoodtown, Blenheim
  • Ferrymead, Christchurch

This nationwide change by the end of 2018, in just the Countdown chain alone, will remove around 350 million plastic bags from circulation each year.

So what about other supermarkets and stores around the country? Increasingly as we go about our daily lives we have been seeing a few stores with signs outside or in store stating they no longer use single-use plastic bags... which is an encouraging and welcome start that hopefully will trickle through the rest of NZ retail stores in the near future.

Other major supermarket chains have also talked about making a commitment to this in the near future too.

if you're like a few of us in the office, who have a mounting pile of single use plastic bags in the cupboard under the kitchen sink and don't know what to do with them... you can drop them off at dedicated recycling points throughout the country.

Newshub / The Breeze.