Australian supermarket staff attacked in free bag ban anger

05 July, 2018, 12:09 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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The upmarket chain is the first supermarket in the UAE to charge for plastic bags and during the trial, which will end on September 8, customers are being charged Dh0.25 per single-use plastic bag. The UN called for a global ban of disposable plastic bags until 2022. So Australia is trying to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable synthetic waste falling into the river and the ocean.

The little-known federal government report from 12 years ago warned of the unintended consequences of forcing consumers to reuse canvas bags if the supermarket giants banned single-use plastic sacks.

The news comes on International Plastic Bag Free Day, which was launched to raise awareness about the issue worldwide.

"We understand that some customers may be upset by this change, but there's no excuse for abusive or aggressive behaviour towards employees", said Gerard Dwyer, a representative of the Trade Union of Australia.

Coles introduced its single-use bag ban from July 1, and opened all checkouts with additional staff in supermarkets to help customers cope with the change.


Woolworths state general manager Karl Weber said police had been contacted over the incident and the employee had been offered support.

"It'll take a little while for some members of our public to get used to remembering to take their reusable bags, but it won't take long until many of us just use it as everyday practice", she said.

According to the United Nations, if plastic pollution continues at its present rate, the volume of accumulated plastic in the world's oceans and seas will be greater than fish.

The Queensland and West Australian governments have banned single-use plastic bags since July 1, bringing these states into line with South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Stephen Dawson, the environment minister, said: "Obviously it is an inconvenience for some people but these bags haven't been around for ever".

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