Tuesday 16 February 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council has given a helping hand to a community campaign aimed at reducing the number of single use plastic shopping bags being used in the Bega Valley.
The campaign to get Tathra plastic bag free was started by the South Coast Hub of 1 Millionwomen through concern over widespread plastic litter entering the environment.
Australians use about 10 million plastic shopping bags each day, and it is estimated that 50 million plastic bags enter the Australian environment as litter each year.
Single use plastic bags have many impacts on the environment including energy consumption, natural resource (oil) depletion, carbon pollution and killing of marine life.
The campaign uses the Boomerang Bags model which engages the local community to make bags from recycled fabric.
Bags will be available for the whole community to use, return to strategically located collection points, and then re-use as a real alternative to plastic bags.
The program is the first of its kind for Tathra and the group hopes it will be the catalyst for a Shire-wide program.
Council is providing financial and in-kind support to the campaign under the Waste Community Assistance Programme.
If you would like more information or would like to become involved please contact Council’s Waste Services team on 6499 2222.