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A plastic bag ban has prompted some Dunedin shoppers to walk out of a supermarket’s grounds taking shopping baskets and trolleys with them.
Countdown supermarkets in Dunedin and Mosgiel stopped using single-use plastic carry bags on August 13, responding to concerns about the effect of plastics on the environment.
Responding to a query from the Otago Daily Times, Countdown Dunedin Central store manager Ron Andrew said baskets had been going missing, and his team planned to collect any trolleys and baskets left in the street.
"We’ve seen some baskets go missing this week, which is of course a little disappointing, but we also understand that sometimes behaviour change can be tough."
Mr Andrew said he planned to do reusable bag giveaways in the North Dunedin area to help university students "build their collection".
People who brought back a basket would be given a reusable bag in return, "no questions asked".
Mr Andrew said on the whole his store had had "a great response from customers", most of whom were bringing reusable bags when doing their shopping.