NTUC FairPrice, which Cheers and FairPrice Xpress are part of, will begin charging for plastic bags for all its 167 outlets from Jan 1 as part of its “no plastic bag” initiative.
24 current FairPrice, Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores have already started this initiative and will be extending it for another year.
Customers will have to pay $0.20 for a plastic bag at the selected supermarkets and $0.10 for one at convenience stores.
A month long pilot was initially carried out in Oct 2019 and extended for another year in 2020.
FairPrice added that since this program started, almost 30 million plastic bags have been saved and 7 out of 10 customers now carry reusable bags to the stores.
Other retailers besides the FairPrice chain has also been doing this, with notable retailers such as Uniqlo, H&M and Watsons part of the initiative.
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