Rachel Denning with her grandchildren, Olivia Cannon, Felicity Hohn, Dustin Hohn, Clay Hohn and Paige Hohn, prepares to ditch the bags.
Rachel Denning with her grandchildren, Olivia Cannon, Felicity Hohn, Dustin Hohn, Clay Hohn and Paige Hohn, prepares to ditch the bags. Alexia Austin

Shops prepare for ban on plastic bags

MOST people have a plastic bag or three at home, hiding under their kitchen sink, used in their small bins, or languishing in the back of the car.

However, Maranoa residents will soon have to change their shopping habits, as the plastic one-use bags will disappear at Woolworths and BWS in Roma in less than three months.

Woolworths has announced its supermarkets, BWS, Metro and Woolworths Petrol stores will no longer provide single-use plastic shopping bags nationally from June 20.

Many residents agreed it was time to call a wrap on the plastic bag.

"I often use them for my bins, so it will be frustrating to have to change that,” Roma shopper Rod Smith said.

"However, I have been to South-East Asia and I have seen the damage the bags cause firsthand, so this is a good plan,” Mr Smith said.

"I think they should bring back the brown paper bags like back in the day.”

Roma shopper Di Forge said: "I've been using material bags for a few years now.

"I think it's great they are phasing the bags out,” Ms Forge said.

"I really hope that plastic bottles are the next to go.”

In June, many shoppers will turn to sturdy linen bags and reusable options.

Woolworths Roma will offer multiple bag options at the check-out counter.

Maranoa portfolio chairman for environment and waste, Geoff McMullen, said although the planned bag ban had a national outlook, the move would lead to a cleaner region.

"It will definitely reduce the number of bags going into the landfill,” Cr McMullen said.

"That will be a positive. When the rubbish comes out of the bags at some of the landfill sites (around the town), they blow into people's properties and paddocks.

"You can't do much about the ones that are already there, but reducing the number will help.

"Many people use the bags in their bins, so the replacement (bags) is going to be the issue.

"There is also concern about reusable and linen bags - people don't want to pay for them if they are going to break down, you want something that is going to last.

"It will take a while for people to get used to it, as people have been using the Woolies bags for years.

"Now everyone will have to remember to take their own duffel bags to the shops when they go.”

Woolworths has recorded more than 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags being handed out by its Australian stores each year.

"We feel very strongly this is the right thing to do, and that together with our customers we can help create a greener future for Australia,” Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci said.

"Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to accelerate the roll-out of this plan so we can start making a positive impact on the environment,” Mr Banducci said.

What is your opinion on the plastic bag ban and how will you be preparing for the June changes?

Lyn Pettiford.
Lyn Pettiford. Alexia Austin

Lyn Pettiford: I think it's an excellent idea, I'm happy they are doing it. I am already prepared, I have my reusable bags in the car.

Di Forge.
Di Forge. Alexia Austin

Di Forge: I have been using the material bags for a few years, I just pop them back in my car after shopping. This is a great move by Woolies, and good for the environment.

Jason Dickson.
Jason Dickson. Alexia Austin

Jason Dickson: I am happy for this change to happen. People do use the bags in their bin, but I have swapped to using biodegradable bags for my rubbish.

Rachel Denning.
Rachel Denning. Alexia Austin

Rachel Denning: I think it's a good idea. I have been saving a few of the plastic bags so I can reuse them when the time comes. I will also look to buy the new reusable bags.


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