St Vin­nies goes plas­tic bag free

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE/DIARY -

ST VIN­NIES is fight­ing the war on waste by con­tin­u­ing its ban on plas­tic bags.

Early this year, 28 stores from Lau­ri­eton to Tweed Heads de­cided to go plas­tic bag-free and in the first three months have re­moved 49,997 plas­tic bags from cir­cu­la­tion.

Vin­nies’ vol­un­teer sup­port co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Green said the char­ity was de­ter­mined to stay en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly through­out every as­pect of op­er­a­tions. “Our re­cy­cling cen­tre at Goonellabah can process 10 tonnes of cloth­ing each day,” Mr Green said.

“Most of the do­nated cloth­ing is sold in shops, ex­ported if not shop qual­ity but still wearable, or cut up and sold for rags.

“Only a very small per­cent­age of the cloth­ing goes to land­fill.

“It has to be re­ally tatty and dis­gust­ing.”

Mr Green said in­come from the shops funded about 90 per cent of the as­sis­tance pro­vided by Vin­nies in the Tweed, in­clud­ing Fred’s Place and Break­ing the Bar­ri­ers pro­gram.

NO RUB­BISH: Vin­nies re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Kim Boyd and vol­un­teer sup­port co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Green.

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