Waitrose Stores In The UAE To Start Charging For Plastic Bags
The environmentally conscious will be happy to hear that Waitrose is set to trail a new initiative to reduce plastic waste in its five Abu Dhabi stores.
In line with the UAE Vision 2021, Waitrose has announced its commitment to plastic reduction across its UAE stores, with the introduction of a 25fils charge for all single use plastic bags at five trial stores across Abu Dhabi.
The initiative will be launched on 16 June and is aimed at encouraging shoppers to change their habits when it comes to plastic bag usage.
The five stores that will be rolling the trial initiative out are: Waitrose Etihad Towers, Waitrose Sun and Sky Reem Island, Waitrose Al Zeina, Waitrose Saadiyat Beach Community and Waitrose Eastern Mangroves - all in Abu Dhabi.
The trial will last for 12 weeks (until 8 September). In this time, the supermarket will be encouraging shoppers to bring in reusable bags or use the in-store bag exchange, where customers can deposit any used bags for other shoppers to use. The supermarket will welcome any carrier bag from any store, not just its own, in a bid to truly make it as easy as possible for customers to recycle and reuse plastic bags.
All funds raised from the trial will be used to reduce plastics across the business and support local charities and good causes that champion sustainable practices and help create a better future for the community.
"The challenge around plastic is underway and we want to be the supermarket leading that charge for the retail industry, fostering positive change and helping to create a more sustainable future for generations to come," Matthew Frost, CEO of Fine Fare Food Market, said. "It’s more important than ever for companies to take responsibility for their part in helping to reduce avoidable plastic waste and we believe that in order to bring about change, we need to help our customers make small shifts in their behaviour, to eventually lead to positive habits."
He added: “The carrier bag charge and our brand new in-store plastic bag exchange are just two ways we are supporting our customers in reducing their disposable plastic usage and we hope that side by side, in partnership with EWS-WW, we can truly help the community redefine its relationship with avoidable plastics. All store staff, from myself right through to our fantastic, hard-working checkout operators will be 100% behind our plastic bag pledge and rest assured this is only the start!”
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