Coles has backflipped on its bag ban, offering customers free reusable plastic bags indefinitely

Coles has backflipped on its bag ban, offering customers free reusable plastic bags indefinitely. By Gavin Fernando.

WOOLWORTHS has confirmed it will stick to guns on the plastic bag ban as rival supermarket Coles revealed its surprising backflip.

Coles reignited the bag ban debacle this morning, announcing it would offer reusable plastic bags for free indefinitely because customers were finding it too tricky to remember their reusable bags.

Woolworths, however, said its customers had no such issues. …

Both leading supermarkets giants removed single-use plastic bags on July 1 in stores in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia following a major backlash, but ended up handing out reusable bags for free.

Today was supposed to be the cut-off date, but Coles confirmed to news.com.au it will continue to offer these bags — which normally cost 15 cents — for free.