Free bag for life with shopping at Morrisons
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Free bag for life with shopping at Morrisons

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LocalFound 23rd Apr
Just been to my local Morrisons in Bramley and when I went to the checkout they told me to grab a reusable bag for life, usually 10p, for free.
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I was there this morning and didn’t get one however I did get a free rose🌹
But on a serious note are they not breaking the law?
Sawb9 m ago

But on a serious note are they not breaking the law?


I think only single use bags attract the 5p (minimum) charge
bamber1234 m ago

Huh, I thought the same thing, turns out bags for life are exempt! …Huh, I thought the same thing, turns out bags for life are exempt! Relevant gov.uk guidance


That implies they are, they will replace a bag for life for free, meaning you have to give them a worn out one to get the bag for free, no?
Sawb8 m ago

That implies they are, they will replace a bag for life for free, meaning …That implies they are, they will replace a bag for life for free, meaning you have to give them a worn out one to get the bag for free, no?


You're right! Re-read after I had posted and deleted my comment but you saw it too quickly!
Morrisons are going to stop selling the 5p bags by June, so maybe they're getting new 10p bags and want to get rid of the old ones?
They should not and can't be giving away plastic bags whole point is to cut down on plastic waste. If you have to bring in the old and they pick up cost of recycling that's one thing but if just giving away that's wrong. Think there are exceptions to wrap raw meat but that's about it. Think it's a misunderstanding likely of a poorly trained new member of staff.

The tescos one used to have two barcodes one if replacing making free and one if buying. Think it's an error.
Edited by: "alexus" 23rd Apr
They need to give it to online order. Never even request a bag and I get £3 worth off bags.
Was in Morrisons a few hours ago and they weren't giving them away. Even if they were I'm fairly sure that as everyone else has said it would be breaking the law.
Drea48 m ago

Was in Morrisons a few hours ago and they weren't giving them away. Even …Was in Morrisons a few hours ago and they weren't giving them away. Even if they were I'm fairly sure that as everyone else has said it would be breaking the law.


True, it's happened to me on a few occasions, sometimes the cashier is "friendly" and doesn't bother scanning the bag and let's you take it without charging, I did point this out to a cashier once and she said "don't worry about it". I shop at Tesco's, but I'm not gonna name which Tesco or the cashiers involved.
Drea49 m ago

Was in Morrisons a few hours ago and they weren't giving them away. Even …Was in Morrisons a few hours ago and they weren't giving them away. Even if they were I'm fairly sure that as everyone else has said it would be breaking the law.


No it wouldn't... As already mentioned it's single use bags that attract the mandatory charge, businesses are allowed to give away bags that are designed to be reused, wrong or right that's the law.

Signed a retailer.....
They call these bags for life, but does anyone actually take their old, tatty ones back into store and ask for them to be exchanged!?
On the argument about the law, a single use carrier bag
"...means an unused bag made of lightweight plastic material with handles, other than an excluded bag."

Normally bags for life are of course excluded bags ("returnable multiple reuse bag"), but my reading of the legislation is that to be a returnable multiple reuse bag there has to be a charge of at least (currently) 5p.
"A bag which is sold for an amount not less than the minimum amount specified in article 3...."

So I believe giving away an unused bag for life free of charge is a breach of the legislation (the last time I saw supermarkets doing anything like this formally was before the legislation came into effect). The chances of anyone reporting it to the necessary authorities, never mind the related fine being imposed, is of course vanishingly small. But it does mean that what the OP reported is unlikely to be official Morrisons policy.

(Happy to be corrected if there is something hidden elsewhere in the legislation that allows it!)
Edited by: "premierfella" 23rd Apr
scott_safc1 h, 0 m ago

They call these bags for life, but does anyone actually take their old, …They call these bags for life, but does anyone actually take their old, tatty ones back into store and ask for them to be exchanged!?


All the time , thought everyone did In reality they aren't that strong and with my family weekly shop I guess I get them changed about every 6/8 weeks . Also in morrisons today and no bags being given away , I think this was one customer out of thousands got lucky
Edited by: "tinkerbellian" 23rd Apr
Nope , this is not true
alexus5 h, 8 m ago

They should not and can't be giving away plastic bags whole point is to …They should not and can't be giving away plastic bags whole point is to cut down on plastic waste. If you have to bring in the old and they pick up cost of recycling that's one thing but if just giving away that's wrong. Think there are exceptions to wrap raw meat but that's about it. Think it's a misunderstanding likely of a poorly trained new member of staff.The tescos one used to have two barcodes one if replacing making free and one if buying. Think it's an error.


They are doing at as will no longer be offering 5p bags so it is so people can stock up
tinkerbellian4 h, 22 m ago

All the time , thought everyone did In reality they aren't that …All the time , thought everyone did In reality they aren't that strong and with my family weekly shop I guess I get them changed about every 6/8 weeks . Also in morrisons today and no bags being given away , I think this was one customer out of thousands got lucky


I never do! I tend to just use them to put rubbish in before I put it in my bin, save on getting bin juice
Bag for life? Just get married...
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