Plastic bags thrown away

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 June, 1995, 12:00am

AT Wellcome supermarkets, purchases are not packed at the check-out, but a shelf is provided where customers can pack their goods after paying.

Therefore the cashier has to guess the number of bags required. In my opinion the number is almost always over-estimated.

I try to use as few bags as possible, leaving behind any I do not need.

I naively assumed that these would be returned to the checkout for future use.

Imagine my dismay when on a recent visit to Wellcome in the Landmark, I saw a female employee take a bag, no doubt left by a previous customer with a similar opinion to my own, from a basket and throw it into a bin with some paper rubbish.

I did not need the plastic bag given to me as I had my own cloth bag, but I took it anyway so it would not suffer a similar fate of being thrown away unused.

I thought I could at least use it as a pedal bin liner.