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Morrisons looking to bin 5p plastic bags

A Morrisons customer loads up their car with shopping bags (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Morrisons customers might have to start paying extra for a bag for life soon (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Forgetful shoppers could soon be forced to pay double for a plastic carrier bag at Morrisons, as the supermarket looks to ditch its 5p single use bags.

The supermarket has started a trial in six of its stores where customers who forget to bring a reusable carrier bag are required to pay 10p for a bag for life, according to a report in The Sun.

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The move by Morrisons follows in the footsteps of Tesco, which called time on its 5p bags at the end of August.

However, Morrisons plans to await customer feedback before making a final decision on scrapping the single use bags.

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Customers who don’t bring their own bags will still be able to buy 10p re-useable bags for life which are replaced free of charge if damaged or worn out.

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The trial is running in Catcliffe (Rotherham), Leeds (Hunslet and Horsforth), Erskine, Carmarthen and Gibraltar.

Supermarkets were forced to charge for single use bags from October 2015; the the number of carrier bags distributed by Morrisons has plummeted by 83 per cent since the introduction of the 5p charge, resulting in less litter and fewer bags going to landfill.

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Tesco found itself embroiled in controversy earlier this month as it was revealed that the supermarket took millions of pounds from charity donations from bag tax to cover “administration” costs.