Success in plastic ban in Beecroft – and Woolies listens!

Embracing the new: Bag Free Beecroft supporter Monica Tan with campaign organiser Emma Heyde
Embracing the new: Bag Free Beecroft supporter Monica Tan with campaign organiser Emma Heyde

Beecroft is one of the first areas in NSW where supermarket giant Woolworths is opening a single use plastic bag-free store – and it’s due in no small part to the huge success of the Bag-free Beecroft campaign.

There’ll be no single use plastic bags in the store which is due to open in September.

“We have created a partnership between shoppers and businesses in Beecroft,” said Emma. “Shoppers bring their own bags; businesses don’t hand so many out. Now Woolworths is on board with that partnership.

“Everyone who has volunteered their time and skills to help reduce plastic waste in Beecroft deserves to feel a huge sense of achievement. We weren’t the only ones working to get rid of plastic bags, but our campaign made Woolies sit up and listen. We’re really proud of that.”

A Woolworths spokesperson said:“Woolworths can confirm that our new store in Beecroft will be one of the first Woolworths supermarkets in NSW to go single-use lightweight plastic bag free, as will the adjoining new BWS.

“We know that customers in the local area have been very vocal in their support of moving away from single-use plastic bags and we’re delighted to meet their environmental and community expectations. Customers will have access to a range of alternative shopping bag options including thicker reusable versions.”

Ms Heyde has asked the supermarket chain to monitor the use of  the thicker plastic bags, “and if it’s minimal, they will consider removing them too.”

South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania are already single-use lightweight plastic shopping bag free, with Queensland legislated to follow suite in mid 2018.

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