compostable carrier bags go national after successful trial
pioneering scheme to make better use of the humble carrier bag
which has been run at a Highbridge supermarket is being expanded
nationwide this week.
The Co-operative Food Store in Southwell Crescent, Highbridge
is one of several stores across Somerset that have been selling
compostable carrier bags which can be used to carry shopping home
and then be re-used as food waste bin liners or help with home
The 6p bags have proved a big success and are now being rolled
out to about 400 stores across the country in the 81 council areas
that collect food waste.
Co-operative's compostable bag is made of natural materials that
can be composted with food to later grow fruit and vegetables
in a perfect "closed loop" cycle.
Carrying the official seedling label and certified to the EN13432
standard, the compostable bags are still strong enough for all
usual shopping, says the Co-operative.
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) managing director Steve Read
added: "The Co-operatives provision of compostable
carrier bags is an excellent initiative. In Somerset it has allowed
customers to take home their shopping and then use the same bags
to line their food waste caddies."
"It saves them having to buy special liners, and has encouraged
more people to support our food waste collections."