Woolworths expands plastic bag free stores to these 52 locations

Retailer Woolworths said this week that it will scrap single-use plastics at 52 additional stores in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West, as part of its campaign to remove single-use plastic from its stores.

The additional stores take the total number of outlets that have dropped single-use plastics to over 200. The move comes as part of the group’s vision to have zero packaging waste-to-landfill, and for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2022.

To reach this goal, first announced in 2018, Woolworths said it has made ‘positive changes’ in stores, by using less packaging, less plastic material in packaging and ensuring that all out packaging is recyclable.

It said that the recent rollout of the new avocado packaging to all varieties sees the polystyrene plastic punnet being replaced with a kraft box base made from 63% recycled paper which equates to an annual plastic saving of between 35 – 40 tons and is covered with a fully recyclable shrink wrap.

“We are confident that the new packaging will deliver the functionality that we need. Kraft board is an excellent packaging alternative to plastic in that it is 100% fully recyclable, biodegradable, Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC N002141) certified and locally-sourced,” Woolworths said.

Previous changes made by the group include:

  • Packaging in its specialty range of tomatoes now comes in a fully recyclable kraft tray made from 65% recycled paper, and a polypropylene lid. These changes resulted in 20 g less plastic per pack or 77 tonnes less plastic, per year from going to landfill.
  • Redesigning most long life herbs & spices packaging, saving 364 tonnes of packaging from going to landfill.
  • Replacing part of its to-go plastic packaging with recyclable paper board, printing directly on the board. Now 5.9 million fewer labels and 32 tonnes less plastic end up in landfill.
  • Introducing a fully-recyclable Earth Friendly range, with all products containing a minimum of 25% recycled plastic
  • Various home care products that now come in 100% recycled plastic bottles

The group is trying to wean shoppers off using single-use plastic bags, with stores across the country adopting a plastic-free policy. The policy was launched at 29 stores, with a further 121 outlets joining the campaign in November 2020.

Woolworth has 452 food stores and 279 fashion, beauty and home stores across the country.

Shoppers at these stores will not be able to purchase plastic bags at till points, and will have to either bring their own bags with them, or purchase longer-term multi-use options in-store, it said.

The full list of plastic-free stores is below (new stores highlighted)


Gauteng Stores

  • Bassonia Shopping Centre (Jnb)
  • Broadacres Shopping Centre
  • Doringkloof Shopping Centre
  • Edenglen Shopping Centre
  • Eldoraigne Village Shopping Centre
  • Eldo Square Shopping Centre
  • Equestria Shopping Centre
  • Genesis Shopping Centre
  • Grey Owl Village (Midrand)
  • Hans Strijdom (Appletons Village)
  • Harrison Street
  • Hazeldene Shopping Centre
  • Honeydew Village Shopping Centre
  • Horizon View (The Village at Horizon View)
  • Jean Crossing Shopping Mall
  • Lifestyle Crossing Centre
  • Kyalami (Kyalami Corner)
  • Lonehill Shopping Centre
  • Lynnwood Road (Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre)
  • Magalies View (Rustenburg Convenience Shopping Centre)
  • Meyersdal Alberton (Meyersdal Square)
  • Noordheuwel (Krugersdorp)
  • Northwold – Boskruin Village Shopping Centre
  • Norwood Mall (Jnb)
  • Paulshof (Cambridge Crossing)
  • Queenswood Centre
  • Ruimsig (Featherbrook Village – Jnb)
  • Sandridge Square (Midrand)
  • Sinoville
  • VanDerBijl Park (Riverside Boulevard Shopping Centre)
  • Victory Park Shopping Centre
  • Waterfall Corner (Waterfall Shopping Centre)
  • Watermeyer Park Shopping Centre
  • Verdi Shopping Centre (Jnb)
  • Zambezi Junction Shopping Centre
  • Moreleta Village
  • Maroun Square
  • Sandton City
  • Nicolway 
  • Melrose Arch
  • Rosebank 
  • Mooiriver Junction
  • Parkview Kimiad 
  • Eastgate Jhb
  • Douglasdale Jhb
  • Blubird Centre Jhb
  • Morningsidewedge
  • Hyde Park
  • Graystone
  • Morningside Shopping
  • Benmore Gardens
  • Discovery Corporate
  • Cantebury Crossing
  • Bryanston
  • Blue Hills
  • Blackheath
  • Crowthorne Jhb
  • Bryan Park
  • Westways
  • Northcliff Jhb
  • Chilli Lane
  • Valley Centre Jhb
  • Summit Road Corp
  • Olivedale Jhb
  • Cedar Square
  • Town Square
  • Parkwood Jhb
  • Randsteam Jhb
  • Honeycrest Randpark
  • Monilith Krugersdorp
  • Grant Avenue
  • Blairgowrie
  • Greenside Jhb
  • Ferndale
  • South Downs Jhb
  • Woodbridge
  • Farrarmere
  • Bedford Square Jhb
  • East Rand Retail
  • Rynfield Square Jhb
  • Northmead Square Jhb
  • Norkem Square Jhb
  • Modderfontein
  • Parkrands
  • Olympus Village Pta
  • Lemon Tree Alberton
  • Edenmeadow
  • Silver Oaks
  • Faerie Glen
  • Lynwood Bridge
  • El Ridge Jhb
  • New Redruth Alberton
  • Bracken Gardens Jhb
  • Menlyn Maine
  • Nina Park
  • Gift Acres
  • Bedfordview
  • Columbine Sq
  • Atterbury
  • Sunward Park
  • The Club Waterkloof
  • Linksfield
  • Castle Walk
  • Green Valley
  • Castle Gate

KwaZulu Natal Stores:

  • Delcairn
  • Midlands Mall
  • Lillies Quarter
  • Kensington Drive
  • Mc Keurtan Ave
  • Cascades Centre Pmb
  • Granada Centre Dbn
  • Howick
  • Hayfields
  • Sunningdale
  • Westville Mall
  • Mount Edgecombe
  • Windermere
  • Bulwer Road
  • Cowey Road
  • Amanzimtoti Cbd
  • Seadoone
  • Mt Richmore Salt Rock
  • Hilton
  • Woodburn KZN
  • Balito Lifestyle

Western Cape Stores:

  • Belvedere Road
  • Birkenhead Shopping Centre (Melkbos)
  • Da Luz Mall
  • Edgemead Shopping Centre
  • Flamingo Vlei (Flamingo Square Centre)
  • Fort Road (Sea Point)
  • Gordon’s Bay (Mountain View Shopping Centre)
  • Kromboom Road
  • Milner Road
  • Plattekloof Village Shopping Centre
  • Port Side (Green Point)
  • Village Square (Durbanville)
  • Welgemoed (Welgemoed Forum Shopping centre)
  • West Coast Mall
  • Constantia Emporium
  • Steenberg Village
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Hout Bay
  • Pinelands
  • Blue Route Mall
  • Tyger Valley
  • Canal Walk CT
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Knysna Mall
  • Cavendish Square
  • Paarl Mall
  • Table Bay Mall
  • Constantia Village
  • Waterstone S/west
  • Palmyra Road
  • Gardens CT
  • Park & Shop
  • Big Bay
  • Fishhoek
  • Willowbridge
  • Capricorn Square
  • Old Bakery
  • Cobble Walk
  • Kloof Street CT
  • The Sanctuary
  • Colosseum CT
  • Paddocks
  • Laborie Centre Paarl
  • Okovango Crossing
  • Glen Garry
  • Parklands
  • Soneike
  • Laguna Mall
  • Foreshore
  • Wellington
  • Dean Street
  • Sunset Beach
  • Sir Lowrys Pass
  • Franschhoek
  • Rondebosch Corp
  • Camps Bay
  • Simonstown
  • Main Rd Kenilworth
  • Sitari CT
  • Richmond

Northern Cape Stores:

  • North Cape Mall

Eastern Cape Stores:

  • Walmer Park 
  • Access Park
  • PE Gardens
  • Sunridge Village
  • Hibiscus Mall

Mpumalanga Stores:

  • Ilanga Nelspruit
  • Riverside Nelspruit
  • Nelspruit Crossing
  • White River Crossing
  • Ben Fleur

Free State Stores:

  • Langenhoven Park BFN
  • Preller Sq Bloem

North West

  • Wilkoppies – Macrovest Centre (Klerksdorp)

New stores that have/will open Single-use Plastic Shopping bag free

  • De Korenvlij (Malmesbury) – opened 25 March
  • Rustenburg Mall – opening 29 April

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