Asda forced to order more baskets after people steal them to avoid 5p bag charge

Asda have been forced to order more shopping baskets due to the number of people taking them home instead of paying for carrier bags. One shop in Cambridge has ordered in a new load of 100 green plastic baskets after being left with just 30 in store. The thefts follow announcements that the chain is phasing out single-use 5p carrier bags – leaving just 9p ones at the tills.

The 5p charge on single-use plastic carrier bags was introduced in 2015. Asda pledged in February to end the sale of these bags by the end of the year, but customers will still be able to buy larger and sturdier bags for life. More: UK

An Asda spokesman said: ‘After listening to our customers and their concerns about plastic, we made the decision to phase out our single-use plastic bags, in all of our stores, by the end of the year. ‘We’re trying to do our bit to protect the environment, and would ask that the small number of customers who are taking our baskets home with them use their bags for life instead.’



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