IGA goes single-use plastic bag-free early
Boddington IGA has gone singleuse plastic bag-free at their checkouts, a month before the State Government’s ban comes into effect.
At the start of June, shoppers at the store were no longer offered plastic bags for their purchases.
Instead, they were given the option of purchasing a variety of reusable bags from 15 cents, or taking groceries home in cardboard boxes for free.
Store manager Simon Morley said that while the store was able to order in more plastic bags after they’d run out, he opted not to for the sake of his customers and the environment.
“The decision to go plastic bagfree was an easy one to make,” he said.
“We listened to our shoppers and they have told us they want to be more environmentally conscious when shopping and we want to ensure that our store’s plastic bag policy reflected this.
“The end of this month it’s compulsory anyway. We thought we’d step in early. We could’ve gone to the end of the month but thought it was silly to do that, may as well start now.
“It won’t stop with plastic bags I don’t think. There’s talk about straws and wraps for this and that, it’ll be an ongoing thing (elimination of plastic) for a lot of the products, but it’s baby steps at the minute.”
From July 1, all West Australian retailers will be banned from offering single-use lightweight plastic bags at the checkout under laws introduced by the McGowan Government.
South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT all have similar bans in place, while Queensland will introduce the same law on July 1 and Victoria is considering similar laws.
Boddington IGA’s Sianna Lane, Simon Morley and Niki Farrell with the new carry bag options.