Changes to carrier bags

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At Waitrose we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. A large part of this is cutting down on the amount of plastic in our shops.

That's why we are trialling the removal of 10p bags for life in 12 of our stores, and continuing to encourage our customers to bring and reuse their own. Our cheapest bag in these trial branches will be a new durable carrier bag made from 100% recycled plastic priced at 50p. We hope that far fewer of these bags will be sold in the long-term and will persuade customers to reuse them over and over again.

The trial is taking place in the following stores: Admiral Park in Guernsey; Brackley in Northamptonshire; Chester; Clapham Common in London; Jesmond in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; Sidmouth, Devon; Thame, Oxfordshire; Woodley, Berkshire; Hampton in London; Knutsford, Cheshire; Mountsorrel, Leicestershire; and, Heathfield, East Sussex.

All 5p plastic bags were removed from our stores in March 2019, and we have replaced loose fruit and vegetable bags with a home-compostable alternative, saving 134 million bags a year.

We're also trialling replacing our home-compostable fruit and veg bags, with a new, reusable 30p option in five of our stores: Admiral Park in Guernsey; Brackley, Northamptonshire; Chester; Sidmouth, Devon; Thame, Oxfordshire; and, Woodley, Berkshire. 

More information on the government legislation around single use carrier bags can be viewed at www.wales.gov.ukwww.gov.scot and www.gov.uk

Our different carrier bag charges

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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 will charge a flat fee of 40p.

The flat fee of 40p will be raised to 80p from 1 April 2021 in Scotland and 30 April in England, due to an increase in government led carrier bags charging. Welsh delivery postcodes will receive a 40p refund. Proceeds from the sale of the bags will be donated to charity.

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 will charge a flat rate of 40p per delivery.

The flat fee of 40p will be raised to 80p from to 80p from 1 April 2021 in Scotland and 30 April in England, due to an increase in government led carrier bags charging. Welsh delivery postcodes will receive a 40p refund. Proceeds from the sale of the bags will be donated to charity.


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 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.

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Carrier Bags Reporting 2019/20+

Getting past plastic 

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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.