PLASTIC Bag Free Bass Coast, a community group working toward the reduction of single-use plastic bags across Bass Coast Shire, has welcomed major supermarkets’ plans to phase out the offending bags.
Spokesperson for the group, Annette Read, said “the recent announcements by both Coles and Woolworths that they intend to gradually phase out their single-use plastic bags over the next 12 months is a very positive first step.
“The big supermarkets currently put billions of plastic bags into our environment every year.
“A number of IGA supermarkets have already gone single-use plastic bag free, thereby demonstrating that it is a quite achievable concept.”
In the meantime, Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast recommend the idea of ‘bringing your own bag’ when doing your shopping.
“Some people may have already started to use our Boomerang Bags which can be found at a number of shops in Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Phillip Island.”
Single-use plastic bags have been banned in some Australian states and also in many countries.
“It seems to be just a matter of time before this is the case in Victoria and Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast is looking forward to the challenge of helping retailers find alternatives to plastic bags and other single-use plastic products such as take-away coffee cups,” Annette said.