IGA goes sin­gle-use plas­tic bag-free early

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

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.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Bod­ding­ton IGA’s Sianna Lane, Si­mon Morley and Niki Far­rell with the new carry bag op­tions.

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