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Asda to cut back plastic bags

Asda will remove all single-use plastic carrier bags from its checkouts in a bid to cut customer usage by 20%.

From June 1, customers will be forced to ask checkout staff for a bag and will be encouraged to opt for a bag for life, which will be introduced to coincide with the new initiative.

The decision to roll out the schemes to all Asda stores throughout the UK was taken following a successful trial in six stores, during which the supermarket saw a 20% reduction in the use of single-use carrier bags.

Retail director Andy Clarke said: "We want to make protecting the planet easier and more affordable for our 15 million customers and we believe this is the best way to encourage shoppers to change the habit of a life time and start reusing their bags instead."

Yesterday, Debenhams said it would trial charging customers for plastic bags.

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