Supermarket to trial 15p plastic carrier bag

Morrisons supermarket has announced that is trialling increasing the cost of its reusable plastic carrier bag to 15p, in a bid to reduce the plastic used.

Supermarkets have the option of using the plastic bag levy to provide grants for local projects, with the Tesco Bags of Help scheme probably the best known. Community grants from Morrisons are, in GRIN’s view, far less transparent and accessible. 

The supermarket chain will also be introducing a reusable 20p paper bag as part of an eight-week trial in eight of its shops.

Waitrose has also unveiled a £1 million grant fund to tackle the issue. Plan Plastic – the Million Pound Challenge is reported in our daily grants bulletin today (email info@grin.coop for a copy).

Supermarket customers’ bag use has reduced by more than 85 per cent since the plastic bag charge was introduced.

Further information can be found on the BBC website.