Somersham Tesco First To Charge For Bags

Somersham Tesco First To Charge For Bags

Meet the first UK Tesco to charge for carrier bags

I know I keep coming back to this subject, but it finally looks like something is starting to happen…

The Somersham Tesco is believed to be the first in the UK not to offer free bags to customers.

The newly-opened supermarket has agreed to support the Cambridgeshire village’s ban on disposable plastic bags. The village has been plastic bag-free for three years, with all retailers agreeing not to offer them. Tesco said it would initially only offer ‘bags for life’ to shoppers.

A spokesperson for Tesco said the store would “listen to customers’ feedback to understand if this is something they want us to continue”.

The stores standard position on bags is that their bags are degradable and therefore green enough, however they are still plastic, which as we all know is made from oil – a finite resource. Tesco, have described the district council-led scheme as “an interesting opportunity to see how customers respond”.

Not one to let the grass grow under my feet, I have contacted both parties concerned in this ground-breaking approach to going plastic free, and am hoping to discuss opportunities for introducing PolyComp compostable check-out bags as a viable alternative that can also be reused for customers’ food waste recycling.

This could be the start of something big – I will let you know how I get on.

– James Woollard, Polythene UK Managing Director