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THERE are just four days be­fore sin­gle-use plas­tic bags will be­come a thing of the past in Queens­land, and stores around the Lockyer Val­ley and Som­er­set are prepar­ing for the change.

Wool­worths stores at Fern­vale and Plain­land got ahead of the curve by re­mov­ing sin­gle-use bags from their stores last Wed­nes­day, while over in Lai­d­ley, the team at SUPA IGA are busy prepar­ing for the change on July 1.

Man­ager Michelle Dale said they had been re­mind­ing cus­tomers for sev­eral months of the up­com­ing changes.

“We prob­a­bly put out the (al­ter­na­tive) bags about a cou­ple of months ago along with signs up around the store just to get peo­ple used to the idea.” Ms Dale said.

From July 1, all re­tail­ers in Queens­land will not be per­mit­ted to sup­ply shop­pers with sin­gle-use light­weight plas­tic shop­ping bags.

Ms Dale said cus­tomers had been pos­i­tive about the change, but there would be a pe­riod of tran­si­tion.

“I still think peo­ple will for­get come (July 1),” she said.

“Ev­ery­body will for­get for the first week – you buy them, you take them home and then you for­get to bring them back again.”

SUPA IGA Lai­d­ley will of­fer a range of al­ter­na­tives in­clud­ing re­us­able cloth bags for $3 and heavy-duty plas­tic bags for 10 cents.

“We’ve also put a stand at the front where we’ve made card­board boxes avail­able to those who want to use a card­board box – and I think some peo­ple have been us­ing the card­board box,” Ms Dale said.

The pol­icy will also af­fect mar­ket-stall hold­ers, and Lai­d­ley Vil­lage Mar­kets man­ager Paula Hal­son said the stall hold­ers had made the change with ease, with many get­ting in early.

“A lot of them have al­ready looked into it and got al­ter­na­tive bags al­ready – they’re all well aware,” Ms Hal­son said.


GOOD TO GO: Supa IGA Lai­d­ley man­ager Michelle Dale says her team is pre­pared for the up­com­ing ban on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

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