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Waitrose reintroduces plastic bag recyling for online deliveries

Waitrose has reintroduced its plastic bag recycling scheme for customers receiving online deliveries. The supermarket paused the initiative during coronavirus pandemic, but has now brought it back to enable… View Article

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Waitrose reintroduces plastic bag recyling for online deliveries

Waitrose has reintroduced its plastic bag recycling scheme for customers receiving online deliveries.

The supermarket paused the initiative during coronavirus pandemic, but has now brought it back to enable customers to pass used bags to their delivery driver.

Customers taking advantage of the service will be asked to leave the carrier bags outside of their homes so that drivers can collect them whilst maintaining social distancing. The bags will then be stored in a dedicated area within delivery vans.

The service will be available in all areas where the retailer makes online deliveries, which is nearly 90% of UK postcodes.

George Leicester-Thackara, head of corporate responsibility at the John Lewis Partnership, said “During lockdown, we temporarily stopped recycling bags for online deliveries to keep our drivers and customers safe. As a result of customer demand and our ability to ensure the safety of our customers and partners, we have taken the decision to build on the momentum we had prior to the pandemic and continue to reduce the use of plastics, which remains a priority for us and many of our customers.”

In addition to recycling their carrier bags, Waitrose.com shoppers will again be able to return parcels they have received from johnlewis.com for their delivery driver to process on their door step.

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