Lidl has announced plans to remove 9p plastic bags from its stores in Wales by 1st May, after its 9p reusable bags were increasingly being used as single-use. Through the trial, the supermarket will evaluate customer response to the move and its environmental impact.

The discounter, which removed 5p plastic bags from sale in 2018, is taking further action to cut down on waste, by removing its 9p bags, from 54 Welsh stores. The move, thought to be the first of its kind by a UK supermarket, is expected to prevent the sale of 5 million bags and save 150 tonnes of plastic waste each year, increasing to 80 million bags and approximately 2,500 tonnes of plastic waste if extended across Britain.

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