Shoppers ready to ditch bags

Plastic Free Winchelsea group members, from left, Martha Campbell, Surf Coast Shire Council resilient communities officer Sally Sneddon, Anne Mulvey, Annette Rennie, and Cr Carol McGregor.

Winchelsea and Lorne residents will receive free reusable shopping bags thanks to a partnership between Plastic Free Winchelsea and a community bank.

About 1700 reusable jute shopping bags will be available next month to help support a commitment by Winchelsea’s supermarket to going plastic bag free in the new year.

People use about 10 million plastic bags every day in Australia, according to Planet Ark, with 7000 thrown away every minute, and some end up causing damage to waterways and wildlife.

Winchelsea Ward councillor Carol McGregor praised Plastic Free Winchelsea and Bendigo Bank for their environmental leadership.

“Their vision of a community without plastic litter is to be applauded,” Cr McGregor said.

“It’s great to see that students at Winchelsea Primary School will be some of the first to receive bags for their families through an activity at the school.

“It’s now up to all of us to be part of the solution by remembering reusable bags each time we shop, and choosing to avoid plastic ones even if they’re available.”

Plastic Free Winchelsea’s Anne Mulvey said the jute bags would feature a logo designed by Surf Coast Shire Council, featuring the message “Bring Your Own reusable bags, cups and bottles”.

“It will remind everyone to do what they can to love our environment by refusing single-use plastic items,” Anne said.

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