Tesco has been slammed after announcing it will ban non-essential plastic bags and tray liners for online deliveries.
The supermarket giant said the changes will come into force on April 19 – and will also affect click-and-collect orders.
However, shoppers say they are filled with ‘dread’ by the thought of their food being delivered loose in plastic trays.
People are also worried that scrapping bags will make the delivery process ‘awkward’ and impact the elderly and vulnerable.
Tesco previously confirmed: “Take on the challenge this Easter and share your success using #NoTimeForWasteChallenge.
“We’ve teamed up with the environmental charity Hubbub to challenge you to reduce your food waste at home. Check out our tips, take on the challenge and share your success using #NoTimeForWasteChallenge.”
But one customer hit back: “Do you realise how much harder you’re making it for the elderly and disabled to have a food delivery? And the trays are usually dirty. The liners were bad enough.”
A second added: “Tesco, instead of #everylittlehelps Please #givealittlehelp by restoring bags or tray liners to customers struggling with physical and mental health disabilities. Don’t make an essential food shop something people dread. Life can be hard enough.”
Stuart wrote: “We have our weekly shop delivered by Tesco every Thursday and it comes packed in tray liners which can then be placed in the recycle bin. As pensioners who rely on Tesco for our full weekly shop we are really worried following an email received today advising us tray liners are being withdrawn in April 2021.”
Tesco previously said it reintroduced carrier bags for online orders in response to the pandemic – to keep customers and staff safe.
However, it has now decided to scrap the bags again as it hopes to cut down on its plastic consumption.
Tesco delivery drivers will still keep bags in their van which they can use for elderly and vulnerable customers’ shopping, if requested.
These shoppers can also provide the Tesco drivers with their own bags if they are unable to carry their shopping into their home.
Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have already scrapped plastic bags for deliveries.
Reacting to Tesco’s decision, a disgruntled customer said: “I do a large online shop from Tesco each week and spend around £100.00 per week on average – sometimes less and sometimes more. I am now thinking of ditching Tesco as the thought of all my shopping sitting loose in the plastic trays fills me with dread.”
A different shopper wrote: “Perhaps Tesco could rethink their latest edict on banning tray liners for home deliveries. They serve an essential purpose for carrying groceries inside as well protecting the groceries from dirty plastic trugs which are supposed to be cleaned and disinfected daily, but are not.”
“I agree that while reducing plastic waste is a good thing in theory the removal of trayliners/bags when delivering to people is a terrible idea and I am actually really upset at how much more awkward the whole experience is going to be now,” wrote Emma.
“I’m fuming also about the liners being stopped. As a household of 6 this will be a nightmare!!!” agreed another.
“I am totally bewildered by the supposed logic in this decision. I suffer with RA so when my delivery comes it is going to take me a very long time to empty the trays,” said Diane.
Denise wrote: “I am reading that you doing away with tray liners… so you expect disabled people to bend and pick up every item… and no you cannot come in our house… this is discrimination against disabled people and older people… crazy.”