Can Warrandyte break the plastic habit?
by Sandi Miller
17th July 2018
AS THE single-use-plastic bag ban takes hold across the country, the people of Warrandyte are slowly embracing the change to reusable shopping bags.
“People have been really good,” said owner of Quinton’s IGA, Julie Quinton.
According to a survey of IGA cashiers, men have been the loudest complainants as the new system gets underway.
“They need to get organised and remember to bring their reusable bags so they don’t have to pay for a bag,” Julie said.
“Most people are pretty good, and you would hope that they would be after us trying to do it last time and now all the IGAs are doing this.”
Julie said when Coles and Woolworths said they would come on board in phasing out single-use bags, IGA followed suit. IGAs across the country have introduced a thicker reusable bag which cost 15c, along with a range of options for paper and fabric bags.
“Last time people were good when we first introduced it, but as time went on and they kept forgetting the complaints started — but it is more about them getting organised,” she said.
“We have also tried introducing reusable mesh produce bags in the past, but they were all stolen,” she said.
The Warrandyte Riverside Market Committee spokesperson, Dick Davies says they are very receptive to any proposals to make the market plastic free, “especially offers to help”!
The market committee are encouraging market-goers to bring their own bags along to the market, as well as reusable cups.
Market committee member Greg Rowell told the Diary:
“We cannot control how the stall holders wrap their goods, it is up to market-goers to bring bags if they don’t want plastic”.
When the Diary turned up to the market this month, there was a large proportion of shoppers who had come with their own bags.
“Another major issue is coffee cups which are not fully biodegradable — people can bring their own of course,” said Dick.
“We have planned to have reusable mugs provided on stations at each end of the market but we did not get enough volunteers to run it,” he said.
Dick said that replacing stallholder’s plastic bags and containers comes at a cost, “which we are considering in conjunction with Council and other Manningham markets”.
The market would welcome members of the community to help out with their green initiatives.
“The onus of implementation should not fall on the committee of management who are all volunteers and working flat out as it is.
“Residents should bring their own bags and we need younger people who are concerned to come forward and help,” he said.
The ban on single-use plastics will hopefully go a small way to reducing society’s addiction to plastic and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans.
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