Support for the Moruya’s business community’s campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags is gaining wide community approval with council, business and the community getting behind the effort. The campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags in Moruya is all about education to change shopping behavior, says the Moruya Business Chamber. The chamber will be launching a campaign over the next few weeks where businesses will work with the broader community to take a major step towards ending plastic pollution by reducing the use of plastic bags. The campaign will have three main elements says Business Chamber President, Jude Manahan. “With support from Southern Phone Southern Phone who will print and pay for the delivery of an educational flyer to all homes in the 2537 postcode we will be delivering a clear invitation asking people to BYO Bag when shopping in Moruya,” she said. “And with help from the council the campaign has been boosted with a grant for banners to be placed around the town reminding shoppers about the BYO Bag campaign. “The third element will be information stands where volunteers will talk to shoppers sharing ideas of how to survive life with reduced plastic and offer tips on how to remember to BYO Bag,” she said. The Business Chamber’s BYO Bag campaign is building on the decision by major supermarket chains to stop issuing single use plastic bags.
After the move by major supermarkets to stop handing out single use plastic bags Moruya businesses are encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags to all shops in the town.
To kickstart the project a community education campaign will begin in mid July.
As part of the consultation process executive members of the Moruya Business Chamber have talked with all businesses in Moruya known to currently provide plastic bags to customers.
“There is overwhelming support in our business community for this project that has obvious benefits for our environment,” she said.
“Moruya is a caring, environmentally aware community and our businesses reflect those values,” she said.
“So Moruya businesses will work with shoppers to help them move to a plastic bag free future with the goal to see Moruya free of plastic bags.