LET’S BE PLASTIC FREE!
A campaign to reduce community use of plastic bags was launched by the Shire of Dardanup in August, 2017 following a resolution of Council the previous month.
As part of the campaign an eye-catching BYO Bag logo was professionally created with the tagline ‘Let’s be plastic free!’.
The logo appears on the Shire’s website and social media platforms, accompanied by information designed to raise community awareness about the problem with plastic bags.
Why we need to act:
According to the Plastic Bag Free NSW website:
- Australians use more than four billion plastic checkout-style bags per year;
- Australians throw out more than 7,000 plastic bags per minute;
- Lightweight plastic bags are used for 12 minutes on average;
- They take up to 1,000 years to break down;
- Each year an estimated 50 million plastic bags do not make it to landfill, instead entering the environment… and they never leave
- Plastic bag litter kills tens of thousands of animals every year including birds, whales, seals and turtles.
Our BYO Bag logo aims to provide a visual cue, reminding residents to:
- Bring their own enviro bags when going shopping
- Drop off their soft plastics at participating supermarkets for recycling
- Participate in litter clean-up events to help prevent the amount of plastics entering the environment.
If it’s soft plastic and CAN be scrunched into a ball with one hand, it CAN be placed in a REDcycle drop off bin at participating Coles supermarkets – Eaton Fair, Australind Village, Bunbury Forum, Bunbury Centrepoint. Or find your nearest one HERE.
“On average a plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes, so that’s 12 minutes carrying your groceries to the car (and) the pantry and after that it’s tossed away and it takes 1000 years to break down. So your great, great, great, great, great … grandchildren will share a planet with the plastic bag that you just used to bring home tonight’s dinner”
– Waleed Aly, The Project