As Australia readies for an almost nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags, South Melbourne has joined the campaign, announcing a ban on plastic bags moving forward.
From Wednesday 11th of April, customers will need to bring a bag of their own to use. If you forget, there will be paper bags for 20c each or the option to rent a fabric Boomerang bag.
Ian Sumpter, general manager of the markets told The Age the decision was made after 90% of those who took a 2017 community survey supported the ban. Most of the traders also supported removing plastic bags in their outlets.
“Single-use plastic bags cause enormous damage to our environment, particularly along the foreshore, in our waterways and parklands.
“In overwhelming support for this initiative, out shoppers have told us they’re willing to help us reduce this impact by bringing their own bags.”
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