What can we do about lo­cal plas­tic bag prob­lem?

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Sir, I am writ­ing to you to ex­press a con­cern I have about plas­tic bags.

Over re­cent years I have been hear­ing news items on how plas­tic rub­bish is find­ing its way into the oceans of the world, and is caus­ing prob­lems with marine life.

This has the po­ten­tial to be a huge prob­lem in our food chain if left unchecked.

Re­cently, Zara Lin­de­man, a high school stu­dent, con­tacted me ask­ing for in­for­ma­tion on how the coun­cil deals with rub­bish.

She is do­ing a pro­ject on rub­bish and had done a grid pat­tern sur­vey of rub­bish on the ground be­hind the De­niliquin tip.

Of the rub­bish on the ground, 58 per cent was plas­tic bags.

The next dom­i­nant item was poly­styrene pack­ag­ing and con­tain­ers, at 18 per cent.

Plas­tic bags are eas­ily blown over fences by the wind.

As a com­mu­nity, I think we need to start think­ing about an al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic bags.

Su­per­mar­kets have been of­fer­ing re­us­able green bags as an op­tion. This is a good start , but you do have to train your­self to keep us­ing them.

Brown pa­per bags were good years ago, but they are prob­a­bly too ex­pen­sive to use now.

I would be in­ter­ested to hear if read­ers have any sug­ges­tions on this prob­lem.

Email me at an­drewhow­ley@big­pond.com, or write to the Pas­toral Times if you would like to stim­u­late other peo­ple’s think­ing.

Yours etc.

An­drew How­ley

De­niliquin

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