SUBJECT: The provision of single use plastic bags for the dispensation of prescriptions in Wales

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Dear ASDA Stores Limited,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information as an XLS (Microsoft Excel) spreadsheet.

1. A list of how many single use 'plastic' bags that you have used in Wales to package prescription medicines over each of the last 3 years. If this information is not readily available then the most recent data, in an XLS spreadsheet would be acceptable.
2. Please also provide any details or plans you currently have to reduce or minimise the further provision of these single use plastic bags

For your information please note this data is being requested as part of a research project organised by Friends of the Earth Cymru.

Yours faithfully,

Bleddyn Lake

Faisal Tuddy, ASDA Stores Limited


This is something that does not fall under my remit, but I have forwarded this to the Asda Legal team.



Faisal Tuddy
Superintendent Pharmacist
Asda House, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, LS11 5AD
T/ 0113 826 2076
M/ 07779 700 220
E/ [email address]

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Phil Gorski, ASDA Stores Limited

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Dear Mr Lake


Thank you for your enquiry.  I am afraid we do not hold the specific
information that you have requested.  However, I can provide you with
details of the effort that Asda is putting towards reducing its use of
plastic across our business. 


We launched our Plastic Unwrapped Manifesto in February 2018 and, since
then, have removed 3,300 tonnes of plastic from our own brand packaging. 
We are committed to removing 10% of plastic from our own brand packaging,
which equates to approximately 6,500 tonnes. 


Our stores are no longer able to order single use plastic bags and they
will be phased out completely by the end of this year; this will result in
a reduction of approximately 290m bags.  Already this year we have moved
from plastic to cardboard pizza boards (saving 194 tonnes of plastic); we
have removed the plastic wrap from swedes (6 million individual pieces of
plastic annually); all produce with black plastic has been moved to clear
plastic (making it more recyclable); fish trays are being changed from
blue plastic (making them more recyclable too).  We are also working with
all of our key suppliers on alternatives to mixed materials, PVC and PS.


Going forward, we plan to change our sparkling water bottles to clear
plastic, so they are more recyclable too.  Plastic straws will be removed
from sale in January 2019 and Asda Magazine will be paper wrapped from
November, saving 4m plastic bags every year. 


Our Home Offices will be single-use plastic free from October 2018;
colleague canteens in stores and in depots will be single-use plastic free
from the second quarter of 2019. 


I do hope this information demonstrates the importance of this issue to
us.  Once again, thank you for contacting us. 


Yours sincerely


Phil Gorski
Senior Lawyer, Data Protection

Asda House, Southbank, Great Wilson Street, Leeds LS11 5AD

T/  0113 826 3096

M/ 07483 326930
E/ [1][email address]


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