Push to reduce plastic bag use

Taelor PeluseyBusselton Dunsborough Times

Community groups are pulling together to reduce the use of plastic bags, having earlier this year donated 200 returnable bags to West Busselton IGA.

The City of Busselton recently donated 60 calico bags pre-stamped with the Boomerang Bags logo to Busselton-Dunsborough Environment Centre.

The centre then invited people to donate the bags during art activities held at the City’s annual Battle of the Bands competition in December.

The centre’s Silke Rothkamm told the Times youth and adults were called on to get creative with colour and explore positive messages while discussing environmental issues.

“The activities were a way of getting people talking about plastic bags and the impact they have on things like marine life and the bushland, ” she said.

“A lot of the children were already quite aware about the problems with plastic bags.”

Building on the 60 bags, Boomerang Bags donated a further 100 and City another 40.

The 200 bags were handed over to IGA on Tuesday for customers without their own bags to use and later return.

City youth development officer Angela Griffin said the initiative was an example of how non-profit groups and the City could work together for community betterment.

The Times understands the West Busselton store was selected because of its history of promoting reusable bags.

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