Woolies lis­tens to Beecroft res­i­dents!

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

Beecroft is one of the first ar­eas in NSW where su­per­mar­ket giant Wool­worths is open­ing a sin­gle use plas­tic bag-free store - and it’s due in no small part to the huge suc­cess of the Bag-free Beecroft cam­paign.

There’ll be no sin­gle use plas­tic bags in the store which is due to open in Septem­ber.

“We have cre­ated a part­ner­ship be­tween shop­pers and busi­nesses in Beecroft,” said Emma. “Shop­pers bring their own bags; busi­nesses don't hand so many out. Now Wool­worths is on board with that part­ner­ship.

"Every­one who has vol­un­teered their time and skills to help re­duce plas­tic waste in Beecroft de­serves to feel a huge sense of achieve­ment. We weren't the only ones work­ing to get rid of plas­tic bags, but our cam­paign made Woolies sit up and lis­ten. We’re re­ally proud of that."

A Wool­worths spokesper­son said:“Wool­worths can con­firm that our new store in Beecroft will be one of the first Wool­worths su­per­mar­kets in NSW to go sin­gle-use light­weight plas­tic bag free, as will the ad­join­ing new BWS.

“We know that cus­tomers in the lo­cal area have been very vo­cal in their sup­port of mov­ing away from sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and we're de­lighted to meet their en­vi­ron­men­tal and com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions. Cus­tomers will have ac­cess to a range of al­ter­na­tive shop­ping bag op­tions in­clud­ing thicker re­us­able ver­sions.”

Ms Heyde has asked the su­per­mar­ket chain to mon­i­tor the use of the thicker plas­tic bags, “and if it's min­i­mal, they will con­sider re­mov­ing them too.”

South Aus­tralia, North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory and Tas­ma­nia are al­ready sin­gle-use light­weight plas­tic shop­ping bag free, with Queens­land leg­is­lated to fol­low suite in mid 2018.

Em­brac­ing the new: Bag Free Beecroft sup­porter Mon­ica Tan with cam­paign or­gan­iser Emma Heyde

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