Coles will be replacing single-use plastic bags with certified compostable bags in the fresh produce section of all South Australian stores. The new compostable bags made from renewable resources including corn starch can be placed in the council’s green bin or used in home compositing and will remove 28 million plastic produce bags from circulation in one year.

The change comes into effect 12 months ahead of new state-wide regulation banning plastic produce bags, which forms part of South Australia’s push to eliminate the use of environmentally harmful single-use plastics.

Coles Group Chief Operations and Sustainability Officer Matt Swindells stated that the decision to offer compostable bags in all 54 South Australian stores will help to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill and help families to recycle more food waste.