SHOPPERS are being encouraged to take an old bag shopping this weekend.
A campaign was launched earlier this week to get rid of plastic bags in the town for good.
Sainsbury’s are holding an awareness day on Saturday aimed at encouraging plastic-bag reuse.
They will give out fridge magnets and car window stickers reminding shoppers to recycle plastic bags.
And the supermarket has announced that, from summer, they will reward all customers who reuse carrier bags.
Michael Broadhurst, Shorehead store manager, said: “I am delighted that our customers are using and re-using longer-life carrier bags more than ever and relying less on ordinary carrier bags.
“By giving out fridge magnets and car window stickers, we want to encourage our customers to continue this move in the right direction.”
In the past 12 months, Sainsbury’s stores throughout the UK have seen a huge reduction in the number of carrier bags taken by customers.
They estimate that the amount of bags given away has gone down by 100 million.
It equates to 875 tonnes of plastic, which is enough to go around the world at least once.
The supermarket has also announced plans to halve the number of plastic bags it gives away over the next year.
A survey found that 73% of shoppers wanted a reward for reusing their bags. So, from June, the chain will give customers one club card point for every bag they recycle.
Plans are also being made to produce bags which are made of 50 % recycled material.
The supermarket has vowed to work with Kirklees councillors and support a scheme to cut plastic bag use in the town.