How to get free plastic bags: Woolworths shopper Anita Birges shares her handy grocery hack


Woolworths shopper divides opinion after sharing her ‘hack’ for getting FREE plastic bags when you forget yours at the checkout: ‘Is that hygienic?’

  • A shopper has shared her hack for getting free plastic bags at Woolworths
  • Anita Birges, from Sydney, takes bags from the soft plastics recycling bins
  • The organisation guru shared the hack in a video posted to her TikTok page
  • Some viewers were wowed by the ‘genius’ idea while others weren’t on board
  • Many pointed out the second-hand bags in recycling may not be very hygienic  

An Australian organisation and home hacks guru has shared her simple trick for getting free plastic bags at the supermarket when you forgot your own – but not everyone is convinced.

Anita Birges, who heads Mise en Place Professional Organising in Sydney, said she takes bags out of the soft plastic recycling bin instead of forking out 15 cents each in a video posted to her popular TikTok page. 

‘Here’s a little hack for you – I forgot shopping bags today so I came over to the recycling area and grabbed a whole bag full, there you go,’ she explained in the clip.

 

Sydney shopper and organisation queen Anita Birges has revealed her simple trick for getting free plastic bags at Woolworths however not all of her fans are convinced the trick is ‘hygienic’.

she takes bags out of the soft plastic recycling bin instead of forking out 15cents each in a video posted to her popular TikTok page.

'Here's a little hack for you - I forgot shopping bags today so I came over to the recycling area and grabbed a whole bag full, there you go,' she explained in the clip

She takes bags out of the soft plastic recycling bin instead of forking out 15cents each in a video posted to her popular TikTok page.

‘Saving hack, recycling hack and shopping hack all in one.’ 

Many in the comments were wowed by the simple hack calling it a ‘genius’ with others sharing their grocery bagging tips. 

‘That’s just big brains time! You mean you don’t just buy more and add them to the cupboard full of bags?’ one mum joked. 

‘Can’t believe I didn’t think of this, no more juggling!’ another exclaimed. 

Many in the comments were wowed by the simple hack calling it a 'genius' with others sharing their grocery bagging tips whereas others questioned whether it was 'unhygienic'

Many in the comments were wowed by the simple hack calling it a ‘genius’ with others sharing their grocery bagging tips whereas others questioned whether it was ‘unhygienic’

Poll

Would you take plastic bags out of the recycling bin?

‘I keep bags in the boot of my car, so I just load it into my trolley unbagged and then bag as I load it into my car,’ a third suggested. 

Some however questioned if customers were allowed to take bags from the recycling and whether it was ‘unhygienic’. 

‘Eeeekkk I don’t think I could use bags that I had no idea who used them last or what was in them. Good idea though,’ one person wrote. 

‘I didn’t think we could grab bags from there,’ a second said and another commented: ‘On the next episode of this feels illegal but it’s not..’ 

‘These are the bags I used to pick up dog poop, I give them a rinse and put them in the recycling at Woolies,’ warned a fourth. 

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