Supermarket chains see drop in use of plastic bags

Dairy Farm - which manages Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian stores - said its customers used nine million fewer plastic bags in 2017 than the year before.
Dairy Farm - which manages Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian stores - said its customers used nine million fewer plastic bags in 2017 than the year before.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

They plan to do more as figure still accounts for nearly half of plastic items used each year

Even as latest poll numbers show nearly half of all plastic items used each year are supermarket plastic bags, the largest chains here are reporting a decrease in their use.

FairPrice said it saved 11.5 million bags last year, an increase from 10.9 million in 2016, from customers bringing their own bags. It said it aimed to triple the number of plastic bags saved to about 30 million a year, while ending yesterday its practice of giving 10 cents to customers who have their own bags.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Supermarket chains see drop in use of plastic bags'. Print Edition | Subscribe