Ban on bags

Alpine Observer - - News -

BRIGHT Wool­worths will from to­day join other Wool­worths su­per­mar­kets from around the coun­try in phas­ing out sin­gle-use plas­tic shop­ping bags.

The launch of re-us­able bags and the phas­ing out of plas­tic straws are among a raft of changes be­ing brought in by the com­pany.

The re­moval of the sin­gleuse plas­tic shop­ping bags will be in place from June 20, and will re­place its pop­u­lar green re­us­able bags avail­able for cus­tomers to pur­chase in store to a Bag for Good.

Wool­worths Bright store man­ager Jar­rad Cot­trell said that the Bags for Good will cost 99 cents and if dam­aged will be re­placed for free, no mat­ter when they were bought.

The old bags will then be re­cy­cled through the RedCy­cle pro­gram.

All money made from the sales of Wool­worths Bag for Good will also fund the Ju­nior Land­care grants pro­gram, en­cour­ag­ing young Aus­tralians to play an ac­tive role in en­sur­ing the sus­tain­able fu­ture of their en­vi­ron­ment.

Land­care Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Shane Nor­rish said that the Wool­worths Ju­nior Land­care pro­gram will help younger Aus­tralians to be more aware of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in their own back­yard.

“They will have the op­por­tu­nity to have hands-on en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion in the class and in the school­yard, which will only help to bet­ter fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

“We look for­ward to see­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from schools in the lo­cal area when the next grant round is launched in a cou­ple of months’ time.”

Mr Cot­trell said that the sale of plas­tic straws would cease at the Bright store by the end of the year.

“It has been well doc­u­mented that plas­tic straws do sig­nif­i­cant harm to ma­rine wildlife and this move will help re­duce the im­pact of plas­tics on the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Across Aus­tralia and New Zealand this move will see us re­move 134 mil­lion straws from cir­cu­la­tion each year.”

Wool­worths will also con­tinue its on­go­ing pro­gram of plas­tic re­duc­tion in fruit and veg­eta­bles, which has seen the re­moval of 140 tonnes of plas­tic in the last year in Aus­tralia.

A fur­ther 80 pro­duce items are ear­marked for plas­tic re­duc­tion tri­als in the next 12 months.

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