Wool­worths Moss­man ahead of the bag ban

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WOOL­WORTHS Moss­man has won praise from the pub­lic and the Dou­glas Shire mayor af­ter rolling out a ban on “sin­gle use” plas­tic bags well ahead of a statewide dead­line.

The store will be one of 12 Woolies across Queens­land to make the change in April, ahead of the statewide ban that comes into force on July 1.

Wool­worths Moss­man man­ager Ki­ley Brown said the store and cus­tomers em­braced the ban be­cause of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment’s rich­ness.

“We’ve got the Dain­tree Rain­for­est, the Great Bar­rier Reef and the Moss­man Gorge,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity sup­port the change and it’s a very im­por­tant cause.

“Our move to be among the first stores to make the change shows we are com­mit­ted to tak­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal and lo­cal com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously.”

Cus­tomers can bring their own bags, or buy re-us­able bags start­ing from 15 cents.

Cus­tomers are also en­cour­aged to put used bags in the RED­cy­cle bin at the store.

At least 3.2 bil­lion bags will be re­moved from statewide cir­cu­la­tion but Heidi Tay­lor, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at marine de­bris ad­vo­cacy Tan­garoa Blue, said it’s only the first step.

“We would like to see the thicker plas­tic bags, which will be used as a re­place­ment, re­viewed be­cause it will cre­ate an­other prob­lem,” she said.

“We would like to see a re­place­ment of the fruit and veg­etable bags as well.”

Re­search by Tan­garoa has found plas­tic makes up 95 per cent of de­bris on coast­lines and in the ocean. Tur­tles also eat plas­tic bags, mis­tak­ing them for jel­ly­fish.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Wool­worths team mem­bers Wayne Mills, man­ager Ki­ley Brown, Re­becca Abell and Cather­ine Abell with some re­suable bags

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