Asda is trying new eco-friendly rules from Monday in a number of its stores which will add to the shopping bills of anyone who gets caught out.
If the trial is a success it will be rolled out across the country.
From Monday Asda will no longer provide plastic bags for fruit and veg in a number of stores.
Instead people who don’t have their own bags and want one will need to pay 30p for Veggio bags – made from recycled water bottles.
Stores in Bridgend, Glasshoughton, Harrogate, Killingbeck, Middleton, Quedgeley, Swansea and two in York are involved in the trial which runs for for weeks, reports The Mirror.
Kevin Patel, director of produce at Asda, told The Sun: “This is a really exciting step in our journey as we continue to look at innovative ways we can reduce unnecessary plastic from across the business.
“We know that our customers and colleagues are really passionate about sustainability and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do their bit for the environment, without having to compromise on quality.”
The new recycled bags will cost 30p.
The government’s plastic bag levy has proved very successful at cutting consumption.
Overall, sales of single-use plastic carrier bags dropped more than 95% since the charge was introduced in October 2015.
In the past 12 months, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, the Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose sold 226m bags – 322m fewer than in 2018-19.