New Zealand’s largest supermarket chain Countdown to rid of plastic bags in South Island
Countdown supermarket chain (a Woolworth’s subsidiary) will see its 67 stores cease the use of single-use plastic bags starting next week. The supermarkets in Auckland have already implemented this ban last month in a pilot and now have decided to extend the plan to the whole of South Island. With an average store on the island using around 6000 bags every single day, the ban would effectively stop the addition of some 150 million single-use plastic bags into the circulation each year.
The change is set to take effect on the 8 October 2019.