Tesco, ASDA, Lidl customers hit with new charge to help reduce plastic waste

Supermarket shoppers will be hit with a compulsory new charge this week.

As of last Friday (May 21), shoppers in every major supermarket, including Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, will now be forced to pay at least 10p for a plastic bag.

This is double the minimum price shoppers previously had to pay.

The average person in England now buys only four single-use carrier bags a year from the main supermarkets. This compares with 140 back in 2014.

The government hopes that by doubling the cost to all retailers, which includes small and medium sized businesses, it will reduce plastic waste even further.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "The introduction of the 5p charge has been a phenomenal success, driving down sales of harmful plastic bags in supermarkets by a remarkable 95%.

"We know we must go further to protect our natural environment and oceans, which is why we are now extending this charge to all businesses."

According to Bristol Live, some retailers are hoping to take this one step further.

John Lewis is currently trialling removing plastic bags altogether from its Cheltenham, Kingston and Leeds stores.

With the 10p plastic bag charge coming into effect, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has calculated the increased rate will cost consumers £1.03 billion over the next decade.

Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "While the charge has helped cut down the use of carrier bags, it’s still shoppers paying the price.

“Moving on from plastic bags will bring many benefits, but politicians cannot pretend this hasn’t hiked the cost of living for hard-pressed households.

“The move to online shopping during the pandemic may do more for cutting carrier bag use than this new 10p charge.”

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The moves comes after Tesco shoppers threatened to "boycott" the supermarket last week over it's new self-checkouts.

The supermarket’s self-checkout tills now add up your savings while you scan, instead of all at once when you go to pay.

Some shoppers loved the new system, but not everyone was happy.

One person said: "I won’t use self checkouts. Puts lots of staff out of work. Sooner queue for an hour than use them.”

While another added: "Using self service tills a great way to put people out of work. Please boycott them."

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