8 October 2018
The Weekly
South Africa

Woolworths will remove single-use plastic bags from one of its stores during a six-month trial period in a bid to end plastic pollution. From November, Woolworths will not offer any plastic bags at its Steenberg store in Cape Town, with customers having the choice of either bringing their own sacks or paying 5.50 rand ($0.37) for a reusable bag. The retailer aims to phase out plastic bags by 2020. The U.N. wants to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022 and says more than 60 countries have taken steps to ban or reduce plastic consumption.