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Co-op first to offer compostable carrier bags in UK

Compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, are being rolled out to customers at around 400 Co-operative food stores in the UK.

The bags, which cost 6p, are now available in 81 local authority areas with food recycling schemes which require householders to use compostable bags for food waste.

The Co-operative Food’s Environment Manager, Iain Ferguson, said: “Every compostable carrier bag used is one less conventional plastic shopping bag in circulation. We believe they will have a significant impact upon the number of plastic bags which end up in landfill sites every year.”

The new compostable carrier bags, which carry the seedling logo and are certified to the EN13432 standard, are made from a combination of natural materials. They are strong enough to carry home the weekly shopping, including heavy, bulky items such as milk and potatoes. However, unlike conventional traditional plastic equivalents, they have also been approved for use as waste food bin liners.

The Co-operative Group | UK & NI Ireland | Environment

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