SPAR’S ‘war on plastic’ initiative proves popular
AS PART of the launch of a new campaign to rid the Eastern Cape of plastic bags, all SPAR stores in Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea gave shoppers a new recyclable paper bag in exchange for 10 of their old plastic bags last Friday and Saturday.
SuperSPAR manager at Rosehill Mall, Gavin Thessendorf, said 3000 plastic bags were collected which will be recycled.
“It’s a long-lasting, water-resistant, wax-sprayed paper bag, reinforced with handles, capable of carrying 12kg and valued at R1.90,” he said.
Customers are still welcome to bring their old plastic bags in to SPAR, although the special offer is over. The paper bags can be bought at any SPAR.
“We are committed to ridding our town of plastic bags which are not biodegradable,” said Tessendorf, “and will offer customers a choice between plastic and paper bags”.
With hundreds of millions of shopping bags in circulation, supermarkets are facing a massive challenge to change the consumer’s mindset.
But SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac said they could no longer ignore their accountability in what was becoming an increasingly harmful situation in the world.
“As the biggest food retailer in the Eastern Cape, I believe we have to take care of the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we operate,” Isaac said.
“If we carry on in this way and don’t do something about the mess we are creating, it can only lead to the eventual destruction of our environment.
“So the dream is to clean up the place and to work towards creating a healthy and fresh environment in which we can live.”
He anticipated the campaign would evolve in to a far bigger project than just plastic bags, one that would eventually incorporate the collection and recycling of all plastic.
According to Julian Koutsouvelis at SPAR Distribution Centre EC, the plastic bags collected from the public were sent to a recycling plant which turns the plastic bags into recycled packaging, water pipes and other products.
WAR ON PLASTIC: Rosehill SuperSPAR tellers, Anelisa Famayo, left, and Tabisa Nyaba, helped shoppers exchange plastic bags for biodegradable SPAR paper bags and collected about 3000 plastic bag from customers