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Woolworths now on the lookout for local paper recycler

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci has responded to customer demands to replace its new recycled brown paper shopping bags with ones made in Australia.

The supermarket announced last week that it was looking to find a local manufacturer in Australia who could produce its new paper bags following a backlash after customers discovered the stamp ‘Made in China’ on the bags.

“As we start to recover from COVID, we understand how important it is to support Australian businesses and in turn our communities,” Banducci stated in a recent email to customers.
“We have also heard your feedback on how to make identifying Australian products easier when you’re shopping – it’s a challenge we’re up for and one we are working on,” he added.

Good news for WARR industry

The Waste Management Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) CEO, Gayle Sloan told InsideWaste that it welcomed the news that Woolworths was now looking to utilise recycled material in their supply chain.

“Industry hopes that in making this move that Woolworths work with the onshore remanufacturing sector to provide long term certain contracts that enables investment in Australian infrastructure and jobs to make and supply these.

“It would also be very exciting if this use of recycled material could extend to all Woolworths packaging,” she said.