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Green Party co-leader Russel Norman is renewing calls for the Government to introduce a mandatory levy on supermarket plastic bags following New World's decision to stop charging South Island customers to use them.

Foodstuffs announced the 5 cent charge in April following a campaign by Get Real, which lobbied for the levy.

But despite ample warning about its planned introduction in August, many customers seemed caught unawares and a North Island consumer backlash prompted New World to scrap it there within the first few weeks.

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