Tesco to quit using plastic bags for grocery deliveries

Tesco is getting rid of plastic bags for its deliveries

Tesco is to stop using plastic carrier bags to deliver its groceries as the war on single-use plastics steps up.

It is the second major UK grocer to announce it would ban carrier bags for grocery deliveries after rival Asda revealed earlier this month it would stop using bags from August.

The grocer’s drivers will instead use reusable green trays to take deliveries straight into customers’ kitchens.

However, Tesco says that due to Government guidelines it will still use red plastic bags to separate raw meat and fish, but customers will have the opportunity to recycle them by giving them back to the driver.

Tesco estimates the change in policy will result in 250 million fewer carrier bags being used each year, which will mean nearly 2,000 tonnes of plastic coming out of production annually.

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