28 April 2021
The Weekly
South Africa

Woolworths will scrap single-use plastics at 52 additional stores in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West, as part of its campaign to make all its packaging reusable or recyclable by the end of April. The additional stores take the total number of outlets that have dropped single-use plastics to over 200. The move comes as part of the Woolworths’ vision to have zero packaging waste-to-landfill, and for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2022. To reach this goal, first announced in 2018, Woolworths said it has made ‘positive changes’ in stores, by using less packaging, less plastic material in packaging and ensuring that all out packaging is recyclable. A number of prominent South African shopping malls announced the phase-out of plastic shopping bags in 2020.