Now Morrisons might scrap 5p carrier bags and it means forgetful shoppers will have to pay double

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MORRISONS is planning to scrap 5p plastic bags and it means that forgetful shoppers will have to pay double to buy a “bag for life” instead.

The supermarket is running a trial in six stores which started earlier this month.

 Morrisons is running a trial in six of its stores

Morrisons is running a trial in six of its stores

Tesco scrapped its single-use carrier bags at the end of August, after running a similar trial.

Since the law changed in October 2015, larger retailers have had to charge customers for plastic bags.

Morrisons said that it will listen to customers’ views before deciding whether to scrap 5p bags.

Customers who don’t bring their own bags will still be able to buy 10p re-useable bags for life which are replaced free of charge if damaged or worn out.

The trial is running in Catcliffe (Rotherham), Leeds (Hunslet and Horsforth), Erskine, Carmarthen and Gibraltar.

Morrisons has reduced the number of carrier bags by 83 per cent since the introduction of the 5p charge, resulting in less litter and fewer bags going to landfill.

Earlier this month, leaked government data revealed that Tesco took millions of pounds from charity donations from bag tax to cover “administration” costs.

 If rolled out it means Morrisons customers will have to pay 10p for a bag for life

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If rolled out it means Morrisons customers will have to pay 10p for a bag for life

The UK’s biggest supermarket sold 637 million carrier bags in the year ending March 2017 and raised £31.9million from these sales.

But it deducted £3.4 million – around 10 per cent of the total – to cover costs of running its charitable scheme.


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Tesco claims its scheme is different to other supermarkets and costs more to run.

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