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PLASTIC ATTACK!

PROTESTING SHOPPERS DUMP EXCESS PLASTIC PACKAGING AT SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT

Unwanted and unnecessary packaging abandoned in “Plastic Attack” Don't like plastic in the supermarkets? Why not bin the lot, just like a group of around 25 customers did in Tesco when they tore the wrapping off their goods and abandoned it at the checkout. Source: Facebook/BBCRadioBristol

“WE LEFT ALL THE PLASTIC THERE AND THEY DEALT WITH IT.”

Shopping carts full of bags, wrappers and packaging were left abandoned at the entrance of a supermarket as part of a demonstration by anti-plastic shoppers.

Some reports say up to 40 anti-plastic campaigners gathered at the branch of Tesco supermarket in Keynsham, near Bath, Somerset, to take part in the protest which involved paying for goods but leaving behind the unwanted excess packaging.

The unusual protest involved shoppers going to the branch of Tesco and cutting through the excess packaging after doing their shopping. The activists then left the packaging in shopping carts and lined up outside the shop to show that food can be taken home without creating more waste.

“Tesco is the biggest shop in Keynsham but we are going to target more," shopper Kathy Farrell, 63, told Somerset Live. “We had no contact from Tesco despite sending them two letters.

“The store manager was extremely helpful. They understood what we were doing. We left all the plastic there and they dealt with it.” Said Kathy.

“There were three trolleys full of plastic. There is a lot of stuff that is packaged in foil and in plastic, and things like cakes which have plastic inside the box. Everyone in the shop was watching. People were looking and taking an interest.”

Plans are said to be in place for further such action, with other supermarkets to be targeted in similar ways in a bid to lobby for plastic waste to be reduced.