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What does the single use plastic ban mean for home delivery?

Grocery Home Delivery

Grocery Home Delivery – Reusable Bag Options

With the phasing out of single use plastic bags, each Australian grocery chain is introducing slightly different arrangements for their home delivery service. Check out our quick guide to your grocery home delivery bag options here.

Here is a summary of what the major chains are implementing:

Woolworths

  1. You can have your shopping delivered via their ‘crate to bench’ service with a flat fee of $3.50 . That means your groceries are packed into crates at the store. They are then unpacked by your delivery driver. Yep that’s right. The delivery driver comes into your home and unpacks your groceries onto your kitchen bench. Don’t like this idea? Head to option 2
  2. Your groceries are packed into reusable bags at a flat rate of $1 per home delivery order

According to Woolworths their “online orders will now be packed into reusable bags or, if you select our ‘crate to bench’ delivery service, will be packed directly into our crates and then unpacked by your delivery driver when they arrive.”

Woolworths Cost Recap:

For reusable bags, $1.00 will be added as a flat rate to your order

If you will be at home for your delivery and select their ‘crate to bench’ service, $3.50 will be added to your order

You can recycle the bags that come with your home delivery service

The reusable bags and produce bags that come with your order can be recycled in store using the REDcycle bins, or by returning them to your delivery driver with your next order.

Your delivery driver will then return them to the store for recycling with REDcycle.

Coles Home Delivery – Reusable Bag Options

Coles is phasing out single-use plastic bags including in relation to their online shopping orders.

Cost Summary:

Click&Collect customers collecting from a Coles Supermarket Service Desk, Coles Express or Locker location – groceries will be packed into Coles Better Bags at a cost of 15 cents per bag

Home delivery and Click&Collect customers collecting from a Coles Supermarket Concierge location have 2 options:

Option 1 No bags. Your groceries will be delivered in a crate, which will be carried to your kitchen bench or unpacked at your car.

Some items such as fruit and vegetables will continue to be provided to you in clear fresh produce bags without handles.

Option 2 Bagged. Your groceries will be delivered bagged and carried to your kitchen bench or car.

The bags used for your delivery will be the Coles Better Bags, at a cost of 15 cents per bag, which can be returned to your customer service agent or Coles Team Member for recycling.

Unlike Woolworths, Coles is not changing their cost for home delivery. According to Coles, “whilst there is a delivery fee for our home delivery and Coles Express Click&Collect service options, this has not changed due to the phasing out of single use plastic carry bags. There is no additional cost to have your groceries delivered to your kitchen bench or to your car. ”

Aldi Home Delivery – Reusable Bag Options

Not available

IGA Home Delivery – Reusable Bag Options

Whilst some IGA stores do offer home delivery, at the time of writing this article, we are not aware of the IGA policy re their bag usage now that single use plastic bags are not longer being used.

Have you had any experience with home delivery since the single use plastic bag ban? Do you have any helpful hints and tips for using home delivery services? 

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