First plastic bags, now these: Woolworths lets customers bring their own containers to take food home to produce less waste
- Woolworths has revealed that they will test an option for the use of reusable containers
- They work with councils to ensure procedures that safeguard health and safety
- The shift follows the ban on plastic bags for single use in stores in 2018
Woolworths shoppers will be able to reduce waste by taking their own containers home to take home seafood, meat and deli items.
The company has revealed that it is planning to try out an option for customers to offer their own packaging to cut down on disposable plastic.
The alternative is already active in some UK supermarket chains, but has previously been rejected by Coles and Woolworths due to hygienic concerns.
The food retailer now plans to ask his staff to clean delivered containers before customers receive their orders Herald Sun. reports.
Woolworths has revealed that it will try an option for customers to bring their own reusable packaging
Cotton swabs are used to check the efficiency of the cleaning procedures.
Woolworths said they hope to get the process & # 39; going fast & # 39; and that they work with local councils to ensure that the & # 39; proposed processes meet or exceed their & # 39;
Woolworths Public Relations Manager Paul Crossley said the & # 39; biggest challenge & # 39; would be to prevent customers from paying too much because of the extra weight of the container.
He also said the company wanted to guarantee that the system would comply with the health and safety laws before it is rolled out.
The change allows shoppers to take their purchases of meat, seafood and delicacies home in their own containers
A Woolworth spokesperson said they & # 39; are always looking for ways to manage our stores more sustainably & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We understand the growing concern of many of our customers about reducing plastics in our stores and we are working hard to do that & # 39 ;, says a statement on their website.
& # 39; Our plan to tackle the plastic problem is aimed at eliminating plastic wherever possible and working on & # 39; closing the circle & # 39; by encouraging recycling through design, technology and clear communication to our customers. & # 39;
They also collaborate with the worldwide provider of zero-waste shopping Loop, which sells products such as juice, ice and shampoo in reusable packaging.
The alternative is already being used in some supermarket chains in the UK (stock image)
From 2021, shoppers can purchase items in environmentally-friendly packaging that will be delivered to their door and then collected as soon as it is empty for cleaning and reuse.
Woolworths has reduced the plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables by 500 tonnes in two years.
The change follows the supermarket giant's ban on single-use plastic bags in June 2018.
Six months later, they stopped selling plastic straws in their stores.
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