AGNES Water/Seventeen Seventy is aiming to become the first town in Queensland to ban plastic bags.
As an offshoot of joining the Sustainable Regions project, businesses and community organisations have decided to initiate the Ban the Bag – Save the Reef campaign.
In a pristine part of the Queensland coastline, a region noted for turtles and other marine life, organisers Georgia Hughes, Zoe Jameson and Katherine Mergard believe it is fitting that The Discovery Coast leads the way in the Sunshine State.
“Coles Bay in Tasmania was the first town in Australia to ban plastic bags and South Australia is the only state to legislate for the reduction of plastic bag use,” Ms Hughes said.
“We believe in such a beautiful place and environmentally aware as it is, we should be the first in Queensland.”
The average Australian household uses 502 plastic shopping bags every year, with millions going into landfill.
After being used for only a few minutes, plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down, with 47 per cent of plastic bag litter emanating from landfill.
And in coastal communities such as Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy, plastic shopping bags and bait bags can be devastating for turtles, whales and other marine and bird life.
Ms Jameson said it was a matter of educating people to use alternatives to plastic bags, and most homes had an abundance of material bags that would serve for shopping just as well.
“It is really encouraging to see the number of businesses in Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy already making the decision not to use plastic bags,” she said.
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