How do you feel about Countdown’s ban on plastic bags? Take our poll

Countdown will phase out single use plastic bags from its stores and online shopping by the end of 2018.

The move will prevent 350 million plastic bags from entering the environment, Countdown’s managing director Dave Chambers said.

It will apply to 184 Countdown stores around the country.

[…] Wellington mayor Justin Lester welcomed the move by Countdown, but said he would still like to see a mandatory levy on plastic bags for all businesses.

“This is wonderful news. It is my strong personal belief that Government should legislate but this is a situation where the industry is taking care of itself,” he said.

A government levy was supported by more than 90 per cent of New Zealand’s mayors.

Last month, Foodstuffs launched an online campaign to find out what action customers wanted on plastic bags.

Customers could choose to pay five cents per bag, 10 cents per bag, or continue paying nothing.

Voting on the options will be open until midnight on October 8 at


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