Coles announces plans to stop selling single-use plastic tableware cutlery, cups and straws

Coles to STOP selling single-use plastic tableware forever – including all cutlery, plates, cups and straws

  • Coles has announced it will stop selling disposable tableware products
  • Single-use cutlery, cups, plates, bowls and straws will be taken off shelves
  • Move will divert 1.5 million kg worth of single-use plastic from landfill each year
  • From July 1, shoppers will no longer be able to buy single-use tableware items

Coles has announced plans to stop selling disposable tableware products including cutlery, cups, plates, bowls and straws in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

In an Australian supermarket first, shoppers will no longer be able to buy single-use plastic tableware products from Thursday, July 1 – but instead be offered a range of reusable options.

The move is expected to divert more than 1.5 million kilograms of single-use plastic from landfill each year.

Coles has announced plans to stop selling disposable tableware products including cutlery, cups, plates, bowls and straws in a bid to reduce plastic waste (file image)

The massive change comes after a recent Coles survey found 65 per cent of customers are concerned about the environmental impacts of single use plastic tableware and prefer sustainable alternatives.

‘This important initiative will not only divert plastic from landfill, it will also help our customers who are telling us they want to make more sustainable choices,’ Coles CEO Steven Cain said.

‘As a company, we already divert 79 per cent of our waste from landfill and have recycled more than 1 billion pieces of flexible plastic with the support of REDcycle and our customers, since 2011.’

In an Australian supermarket first, shoppers will no longer be able to buy single-use plastic tableware products from Thursday, July 1

In an Australian supermarket first, shoppers will no longer be able to buy single-use plastic tableware products from Thursday, July 1

Clean Up Australia chairman Pip Kiernan said volunteers reported 18.5 per cent of the plastic items removed through their clean up efforts in 2020 were single-use cups, plates, bowls, straws, stirrers and cutlery.

‘Too many of these items end up in our parks, waterways, beaches and roadsides and if left there damage our precious environment for hundreds of years, outliving all of us,’ she said.

‘We applaud Coles for listening to their customers and taking the lead in replacing these single use plastic items.’

The phrase-out across Coles Group outlets will be complete by July 1, with stores in South Australia phrasing out the legislated single-use plastic tableware by March 1.

In September, South Australia became the first state in Australia to pass legislation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers.

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