Single-use produce bags are to be phased out by Countdown, RNZ reports – the first New Zealand supermarket chain to do so. Most single-use plastic grocery bags were banned in New Zealand from 1 July 2019, but an exception was made for produce bags, bin liners and dog-poo bags. Countdown currently uses about 50 million single-use plastic produce bags a year, but fresh food leader Pieter de Wet said many customers had told them the bags were not necessary.