Woolworths Mossman ahead of the bag ban
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.
Woolworths team members Wayne Mills, manager Kiley Brown, Rebecca Abell and Catherine Abell with some resuable bags