16 February 2018
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is congratulating Woolworths Mullumbimby for choosing to end providing single use plastic bags to shoppers from 4 April this year.
“The Mullumbimby branch will be among the first Woolworths stores in New South Wales to be single-use plastic bag free from 4 April, ahead of other stores which will be ending single use plastic bags by 30 June.”
“This is fantastic news and another great step towards reducing the tremendous amount of plastic waste in our environment,” said Ms Smith.
Customers will have the option to bring in their own bags or will be able buy from a range of reusable bag options starting from 15 cents. They will also have the option to drop bags off in the REDcycle bin when finished with them, which will be available in the store from mid-March.
Woolworths will be ending free single use plastic bags at all their stores in NSW by 30 June this year, as well as at Big W and BWS stores.
“The Mullumbimby community have shown their commitment to reducing plastic waste with the whole town participating in Plastic Free July in the past and several festivals where the public have been encouraged to bring their own eating and drinking containers instead of creating disposable food and drink waste.
“This is also another step towards achieving the goal of a Plastic Free Byron,” said Ms Smith.