Plastic bins will no longer be allowed on the shelves of the supermarket chain Walmart, with the company confirming it will stop selling the products and replace them with reusable packaging.
Key points:Walmart is the first major retailer to announce it will be replacing all plastic bins with reusable containers in its storesThe announcement comes as concerns grow about the health effects of plastic consumptionThe company said it had been testing the new plastic bins for two months and was confident the results would pass the test”It’s about our health, and how we do it and what we do in terms of testing and ensuring that we’re following up,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.
“We have been testing and testing, and the results are in.”
The company has previously said it would not replace all plastic containers with plastic in its outlets because they would not meet the stringent criteria for the safe disposal of plastic.
“It is important to note that the majority of our containers have a ‘non-stick’ surface,” a statement from the company read.
“As a result, they will be safe to eat and use in our stores.”
While some shoppers have been concerned about the plastic content of plastic containers in their plastic containers, others have said it was important for the environment.
“There’s not a lot of science around it,” Ms Gaffney said.
“People will still eat plastic and we’re not going to stop that.”
The ABC has been contacted for comment.
ABC News (ABS) is seeking comments from Walmart on whether it will remove plastic containers from its stores and replace the bins with the reusable ones.