South Melbourne Market to end plastic bag culture

November 8, 2017 by  

The South Melbourne market has decided to stop providing plastic bags to shoppers sometime next year.

Additionally, the usage of other plastic products including cutlery, straws, and coffee cups is also being reviewed, due to concerns over their impact on the environment.

According to Bernadene Voss, mayor of the Port Philip Council, the ban will take place next year, coinciding with the time when single-use plastic bags will be banned statewide.

A survey conducted by the South Melbourne market indicated that 90% of the businesses and patrons at the market agreed upon the decision to stop providing plastic bags to shoppers.

Earlier this year, Coles and Woolworths declared similar plans to phase out plastic bags over a period of 12 months. This will reduce the presence of single-use plastic bags in Australia by approximately seven billion annually. The move is predicted to have the biggest impact on shoppers in NSW and Victoria, two of Australia’s largest markets.

Following the announcements from the supermarket giants, many Australians have expressed their hope for a nationwide ban of single-use plastic bags.

Environmentalists and businesses alike strongly support the moves for creating a more sustainable future. However, there is bound to be a fraction of customers that will oppose the plastic bag ban when it finally comes into effect, so poster printing and display in stores may be an effective method to educate customers on the importance of reducing waste and combating climate change.