Woolworths has bid farewell to single-use plastic bags under a new ban across the retail giant's stores.
Woolworths and rival Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30, 2018 for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers.
Woolies, which has provided more than 3.2 billion plastic bags a year to shoppers, later brought forward that deadline to June 20.
That means shoppers at not only Woolies, but BWS, Metro, and petrol outlets will need to either bring pre-existing reusable bags to the store, or purchase their own at store locations.
Queensland and Western Australia are implementing statewide bag bans from July 1, following earlier bans by South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Shoppers are being urged to have patience with staff in Woolworths stores on Wednesday as new plastic bag bans come into force.
Shoppers will be able to buy a number of different types of bags in store for their groceries. There is also an emergency foldable bag, available for 99 cents, which Woolies will replace for free if damaged.
The plastic bag is almost extinct in Australia.
"From the beginning, we felt strongly that this was the right thing to do and we're really pleased to see customers are behind the change as well", Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.
Recent research from Canstar Blue found one-in-five shoppers are opposed to the bag bans, predicting many would be confused by the sudden lack of plastic bags despite the publicity in the lead-up to the change.
Woolworths and Coles have also recently announced plans to slash the amount of plastic wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables in response to demand from shoppers. We are proud to say that, from now on, single-use plastic bags are gone from our stores, for good.