Plastic Bags At NTUC Fairprice Will Cost 10-20 Cents For Shoppers Till 16 Oct

Plastic bags are essential for holding our groceries whenever we visit the supermarket. For the longest time, shoppers have been able to use NTUC FairPrice plastic bags for free.

But this will no longer be the case soon.

Shoppers will be charged for plastic bags at $0.10 per transaction at selected Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores, and at $0.20 per transaction at other selected FairPrice stores.

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NTUC FairPrice announced this on their Facebook page on Wednesday (4 Sep). This trial will be a month long and will start on 16 Sep.

No Plastic Bag trial at 7 participating outlets

The 7 NTUC FairPrice and Cheers outlets taking part in the No Plastic Bag trial are:

  • FairPrice Xpress (384 Lorong Chuan)
  • FairPrice Xtra (Hougang One)
  • FairPrice (Tai Seng)
  • FairPrice Finest (Zhongshan Park)
  • Cheers (1 Create Way)
  • Cheers (611 Aljunied Road)
  • Cheers (1 Anchorvale Street)

FairPrice Xpress at 384 Lorong Chuan
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If you frequent any of the above stores, it’s best you keep a reminder about the No Plastic Bag trial and start making use of recyclable bags for the next month.

Why is NTUC charging for plastic bags?

According to CNA, money collected from patrons who choose to pay for plastic bags will be used for a good cause.

NTUC will be donating these funds to support the Singapore Children’s Society and Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

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This initiative is one of the extensions of the FairPrice Plastic Bag Management Programme launched in 2019.

Netizens’ reactions to the green initiative

Netizens shared some of their thoughts on NTUC’s initiative of charging consumers for plastic bags.

This Facebook user thinks that it’s a brilliant move and it should be implemented nationwide.

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NTUC FairPrice plastic bags obviously mean a lot to this user, as he said he might have to patronise another supermarket instead.

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Meanwhile, another Facebook user seems to think that cutting away plastic bags entirely would be a more effective method.

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NTUC FairPrice is taking actions to reduce waste

During Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong‘s National Day Rally speech, he stated that climate change is a huge challenge that we face.

NTUC FairPrice definitely heard this and hence have taken the initiative to discourage plastic bag usage among its consumers. Hopefully, it’ll be effective in the long run.

What do you think of their initiative? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from Google Maps and Foursquare.