World Environment Day in the bag

IN THE GREEN: Eurobodalla Council’s Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney, a kid and the King and Queen of Green at the Council stall at Village Centre Batemans Bay on World Environment Day.

IN THE GREEN: Eurobodalla Council’s Sustainability Education Officer Gilly Kearney, a kid and the King and Queen of Green at the Council stall at Village Centre Batemans Bay on World Environment Day.

On World Environment Day last week Eurobodalla Shire Council helped arm Batemans Bay shoppers with reusable shopping bags ahead of the major supermarkets’ ban on single-use plastic bags.

Next week will be Narooma’s turn as the council’s environment and waste services teams join forces to help the community reduce their waste.

Eurobodalla council held a stall at the Village Centre’s Enviro Expo last Tuesday for World Environment Day, enlisting the help of the ‘King and Queen of Green’ to help spread the message about the importance of avoiding waste by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Council distributed its new look Waste and Recycling Guide, answered any and all questions about recycling and treated shoppers to free reusable shopping bags and reusable fruit and vegetable bags made from recyclable PET bottles.

Shoppers were also encouraged to take the shopping trolley challenge and avoid single-use plastic and excessive packaging in their purchases by embracing reusable alternatives and buying in bulk.

Waste Minimisation Officer Adam Patyus said feedback on the day was positive. He said there was a lot of interest in the hand-made vegetable bags and beeswax wraps on offer as a reward for taking up the shopping trolley challenge.

“The wraps are made from upcycled fabric and coated with beeswax, and are a sustainable alternative to cling wrap,” Mr Patyus said.

“They mould to the shape of bowls, plates or any item of food and can be washed and reused.”

Council will again hold the stall and encourage Narooma shoppers to take the shopping trolley challenge at Narooma Plaza on Thursday, June 21, from 9-11am.

For more information on recycling and the dos and don’ts and how to reduce household waste check out your new Household Waste and Recycling Guide.

Plastic bags will be banned in Woolworths stores across the country from Wednesday, June 20. Shoppers will need to bring their own bags or purchase thicker, reusable plastic bags for 15 cents or canvas bags for 99 cents.

Coles stores will phase out single-use plastic bags from July 1. Tote bags will be available for $1 and reusable plastic ‘Better Bags’ will sell for 15 cents.

This story World Environment Day in the bag first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.

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