Just one week to be plastic shopping bag free

16 May 2016: There is just one week to go until Countdown goes plastic shopping bag free on Waiheke Island.

As 23 May draws closer, Countdown is reminding customers to bring their own reusable bags from Monday. There will also be reusable bags and new compostable bags available for purchase in-store if customers forget their own.

Countdown Waiheke Store Manager, Dave Collo, says his team is excited about the move to support Waiheke Island’s journey to become plastic bag free.

“We’ve had a really positive reaction from our customers, who are very supportive of the move. We know there will be an adjustment period as customers remember to bring their own reusable bags, however we also have plenty of reusable bags along with some new compostable bags available,” says Mr Collo.

Onecard holders who regularly shop at Countdown Waiheke will receive vouchers for four free reusable bags this week.  Onecard holders will also be able to buy reusable bags in the store at a reduced rate of $1. Customers are welcome to bring their own bags.

Deb Lyttle, founder of BYO Bag Waiheke Island, says she is delighted that Countdown will be going plastic bag-free from next week.

“Over the years, BYO Bag developed a vibrant and imaginative campaign to encourage people on Waiheke to use their own reusable bags when they go shopping, so it’s brilliant to see the locals embracing Countdown's plans with so much enthusiasm and their own individual style.”

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