St Vinnies goes plastic bag free
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.