Giants sent packing
THEY beat the supermarket giants to the ban on single- use plastic bags. Glen Forrest IGA owner- manager Tony Merlacco and his staff stopped providing the lightweight bags in May.
CUSTOMERS of a Glen Forrest store helped beat the supermarket giants to the ban on single- use plastic bags.
Glen Forrest IGA stopped providing the lightweight bags in May.
Owner- manager Tony Merlacco said regular shoppers wanted the change introduced ahead of the statewide ban on July 1.
“We had a talk with some of our customers and thought ‘ why wait?’. We started storing cardboard boxes for our customers’ use ahead of the ban,” he said.
He said many shoppers remember to bring bags but could be caught short when they buy more items than first intended.
“In this situation, our staff automatically offer a free cardboard box,” he said.
“We also sell the handbag-sized foldable bags and I’d like to provide men with something similar, such as a handy wallet- sized bag for convenience.”
Staff advised shoppers about the change at the checkout and notifications were posted on social media.
Crabbs Kalamunda IGA owner- manager Bruce Harwood said his customers had embraced the sustainable Boomerang Bag alternative in- troduced earlier this year.
The free reusable bags made by local groups are also available at Lesmurdie IGA and from the new bulk food store Replenish in Kalamunda.
Transition Town Kalamunda member Adele Standeven said shoppers borrowed and returned the bags.
“It helps reinforce the BYO bag message, because if you have forgotten yours or didn’t plan on going shopping, then the Boomerang Bags are right near the checkouts to borrow,” she said.
Woolworths stores banned single- use plastic bags on Wednesday, a week- and- a- half out from the state ban.
The Environmental Protection ( Plastic Bags) Regulations 2018 includes a ban on degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags because the bags “persist in the environment” and pose a threat to wildlife.
Tony Merlacco with boxes he has been providing to customers in lieu of plastic bags.
Customer Trevor Clark, of Mundaring, using a box provided by Glen Forrest IGA owner Tony Merlacco.