Changes to carrier bags
At Waitrose & Partners we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. A big part of this is cutting down on the amount of plastic waste we create.
We removed all 5p plastic bags from our stores in March 2019 and have also replaced loose fruit and vegetable bags with a home compostable alternative.
By doing this we are cutting almost 134 million bags each year from the environment, which equates to 500 tonnes of plastic.
Our different carrier bag charges
Shopping at Waitrose branches
and petrol filling stations
If you do not have your own bags, you will be offered a 'bag for life' option which costs 10p.
Shop online, you collect
You can choose a bagless collection or in carrier bags.
If you opt for bagless collection, you will need to bring your own carrier bags to the branch. A Waitrose Partner will be happy to pack your order into your bags.
If you choose to have your collection prepared either in carrier bags, or for your delivery to be collected at any of our locker locations, Waitrose & Partners will charge a flat fee of 30p.
We are currently unable to offer a bagless option for locker collections.
Shop online, we deliver
You can have your order delivered in crates or in carrier bags. If in crates, the driver will take them away once unpacked. If you choose carrier bags, Waitrose & Partners will charge a flat rate of 40p per delivery.
Shop in branch, we deliver
You can choose to have your bagless shopping delivered or you can purchase carrier bags at the checkout. For the bagless option your delivery will arrive in crates, which your driver will take away once your shopping has been unpacked.
If you provide your own bags at the checkout, Waitrose & Partners will deliver your shopping in these bags. If you would like to purchase carrier bags at the checkout the cashier will then charge 10p for each 'bag for life' requested.
Carrier Bags FAQs+
Remembering your reusable bags
We all intend to take our reusable bags shopping, but sometimes they get left behind or in the boot of the car. So we asked behaviour-change consultant Samantha-Louise Stallard for her top tips on remembering them.
Carrier Bags Reporting 2019/20+
Getting past plastic
About 85% of Waitrose & Partners own-label packaging is now recyclable and we have pledged not to sell any own-label products in black plastic packaging beyond 2019.
‘Because black plastic is tough to recycle, we’re well on our way to replacing it. We are committed to making all own-label packaging widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2023’ — Nikki Grainge, Partner & Packaging Developer
Waitrose & Partners also offers reusable shopping bags, the choice of bagless delivery for most online orders and the option of delivery drivers taking used carrier bags away for recycling.
These initiatives follow our steps in 2018 to remove coffee cups from stores, saving 52 million cups per year.
For more information on the steps we’re taking to reduce unnecessary plastics, visit our plastics & packaging page.