Moruya’s business community has agreed to take a major step towards ending plastic pollution by reducing the use of plastic bags.
The decision by two major supermarket chains to stop issuing single use plastic bags has been the trigger for the action. Moruya businesses will now build on the move by the supermarkets and encourage shoppers to bring their own bags to all shops in the town.
Moruya Business Chamber President Jude Manahan says the drive for the BYO Bag campaign has come from within the business community.
“Businesses want to underline the positioning of our town as a caring, environmentally aware community by building on this initiative from the supermarkets,” she said.
“So the chamber is encouraging all Moruya businesses to step back from giving out plastic bags and instead work with shoppers to help them move to a plastic bag free future with an education campaign starting in mid July.”
Ms Manahan said the goal was to see Moruya free of plastic bags.
“While most plastic bags are handled responsibly many end up in our waterways and ocean.
“It makes good business sense to look after our environment, which surveys consistently tell us is the main attraction of our area to both locals and tourists,” she said.
Above: Moruya Business Chamber President, Jude Manahan, speaking with business owner Tim Dalrymple about BYO Bag campaign.