Shoppers who want to buy a bag will now need to pay 9p for its reusable bag, which is made from back-of-store waste. Aldi also offers a larger reusable woven bag, and says it is trialling a cotton alternative.
Shoppers currently have to pay 5p when they buy a single-use plastic bag from a large retailer in England, or from any retailer in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. The Government is consulting on increasing the charge to 10p in England and extending it to all retailers.
However, many major shops have stopped selling single-use plastic bags altogether – Aldi follows Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, which have all scrapped 5p bags.