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Retailers' war on plastic bags

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July 14, 2017

All Woolworths supermarkets will phase out free plastic shopping bags nationally within a year.

Several major retailers have removed or put a charge on single-use plastic bags to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags:

* Aldi has charged customers 15 cents per bag since arriving in Australia in 2001

* Bunnings introduced a 10 cent levy on disposable plastic bags in 2003

* IKEA stopped using free disposable plastic bags in 2013

* Woolworths, BWS and Dan Murphy's will put a 15 cent levy on plastic bags from June 30, 2018

* BIG W, also owned by Woolworths, will stop supplying lightweight plastic bags and may offer free thicker bags that are less likely to end up in waterways

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