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Surfeit of Plastic Bags - What to Do?

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Jillybird Mon 31-Aug-20 12:01:45

Before lock-down we used to go to the local supermarket - usually once a day most days - taking with us our own shopping bags (like we used to do in Ye Olden Days when grandma used to crotchet shopping bags!)

Now we get a delivery once a week - but everything is delivered in plastic bags... We usually get about eight per delivery. I use a few to line the room bins but a huge surfeit is building up. I keep a "bag of bags" on the kitchen door but it's now stuffed full.

You can't give them back to the driver from the supermarket (due to potential infection) and this morning it is reported that the gov. is increasing the levy to 10p from 5p for bags bought in shops. I don't want to be contributing to plastic waste, but feel between a rock and a hard place. Any ideas, you lovely grans?

Calendargirl Mon 31-Aug-20 12:04:12

Our local food bank often wants bags, and charity shops used to be short after the charge came in, not sure if that is still the case.

Charleygirl5 Mon 31-Aug-20 12:25:02

I agree with Calandargirl- charity shops were always looking for charity bags in my area.

TheReadingRoom Mon 31-Aug-20 12:27:32

Our local Tesco has just put out their carrier bag recycling cage again. Not only do we recycle torn plastic bags but all soft plastics - mail bags, clean frozen food bags, clean clingfilm, etc. - that can't go in the weekly hard plastics collection.

Teacheranne Mon 31-Aug-20 12:51:40

I also have a huge stock of plastic bags from my click and collect order, some are fairly flimsy but some are the strong bag for life type. I'm hoping my local charity shop will accept them but at the moment they have refused them, their customers have to bring their own bags.

I have problems walking around a supermarket due to arthritis so am planning to continue using click and collect long term. As I also rely on the wonderful staff to put my order in the boot of my car, I think I will continue to have a supply of these bags.

I have significantly reduced my use of single use plastic by buying various silicon products so am unhappy about this but I can't see an alternative.

kittylester Mon 31-Aug-20 13:52:04

Hang on to them.

Sainsbury's aren't delivering in bags any more so you will slowly work your way through them.

Teetime Mon 31-Aug-20 15:39:26

Ocado are delivering in bags and they say they are hoping to start their return scheme soon.

Jillybird Mon 31-Aug-20 18:20:09

Thank you all. I hadn't thought of Charity shops. Will have to see if British Heart Foundation are accepting them.

I'm using Waitrose and Tesco on alternate weeks - only because I couldn't get a slot for delivery from any of the big five for weeks on end and then those two popped up on the same day. Waitrose asks you to request a delivery only once a fortnight which I would be happy to do, if I had enough room in my fridge and freezer to store a fortnight's groceries... Waitrose also used to recycle plastic bags along with Tesco (which I'd forgotten) so thanks for the reminder.
I'll check to see if they are both still doing it. Very helpful everyone!

Tweedle24 Mon 31-Aug-20 18:23:48

Teetime I have been told that too but, hope they have huge vans to accommodate them when they start collecting again.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 10-Sep-20 15:35:14

Here we put them in the recycling bin. If you can't do so, ask the recycling plant what they suggest.

There must be an enviromentally safe way of getting rid of them, if not you could consider starting nagging the local council until they start a plastic-bag-recycling-plant.

Charleygirl5 Thu 10-Sep-20 15:57:31

Morrisons has started to pick up bags again so I am happy.

BlueBelle Thu 10-Sep-20 16:03:58

I can only speak for 5he charity shop I work in and we can neither take carrier bags or give them out People just have to bring their own
I also have loads but just keep using them for rubbish
I used Iceland during lockdown and everything even if it was one item came in separate bags