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Posted on: 14 July, 2014

Plastic no longer fantastic on the Coast

The push to eliminate the proliferation of plastic bag litter on the Capricorn Coast is a step closer thanks to a working partnership between the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association (CCRRA) and Livingstone Shire Council.

Plastic bag litter is both unsightly and is a known threat to the wellbeing of our Coast’s marine life. Council is supporting CCRRA this month with its conduct of a survey of local businesses to gauge their opinions on the Plastic Bag Free initiative.

Jo Stoyel, Project Manager of Plastic Bag Free, a sub-committee of CCRRA Incorporated said that the three main objectives of the Plastic Bag Free Initiative are to reduce use of single-use plastic bags, increase community awareness about the problems caused by plastic bags and reduce plastic bag use by households.

“If this survey helps us to do any of that, then we’re on the right path.

“The survey will not only ask businesses about whether they support the initiative, it will also explore whether they are already supplying bio-recyclable bags for their customers and whether they would be open to trialling bio-recyclable bags.

Livingstone is a forward-moving community and it would be a significant achievement for our community to lead the way in Queensland to eliminate the use of single use plastic bags in retail outlets with retailers’ full support. The change shouldn’t need to be legislated, let’s lead the way as a community,” Ms Stoyel said.

Councillor Adam Belot who holds the Council Portfolio for Environment said that Council is committed to protecting and conserving its natural environments, wildlife and marine habitats within the Shire and with our support of this initiative we are demonstrating that eliminating plastic bag litter has merit and will benefit our community in the long-term.

“Council is very keen to do its part in helping reduce plastic bag litter for the good of the environment, however this can only happen with the support of the community and local businesses. I would like to emphasise that any trial or implementation of this initiative will aim to increase environmental outcomes, not increase costs for local businesses.

“Businesses will have until July 21 to have their say on whether they think the use of single-use bags could be significantly reduced across our Shire,” Councillor Belot said.

Local businesses are encouraged to provide feedback on the initiative when they receive the survey this month.

For more information on the Plastic Bag Free initiative or if a copy of the survey is required, please contact Jo Stoyel of the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association on 0408 873 047.

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