Support for Moruya Business Chamber’s campaign to reduce single-use plastic bags in the township has been overwhelming according to those who have manned the volunteer-operated information stalls in the town this week.
For several weeks, the chamber has been running a major education campaign to remind people to bring reusable bags with them when shopping in Moruya.
The ‘Got Your Bags’ campaign was launched last month and follows the move of Woolworths and Coles supermarkets to drop single-use plastic bags at the checkout.
Chamber president Jude Manahan said the main goal of the campaign was to completely free Moruya of single-use plastic bags.
Part of the campaign has involved information stalls outside the Post Office, Woolworths and Southlands shopping centre.
Stall coordinator Janice Saga said shoppers had strongly supported the idea of Moruya’s push to reduce plastic usage.
“People have also been very interested in the idea of small mesh bags we’ve had on display to use for fruit and vegetables, instead of single-use plastic produce bags,” she said.
“The mesh bag allows the checkout assistant to see the product being purchased for fast and easy weighing.”
The Moruya Business Chamber has also done a mailout to all homes in the 2537 postcode, informing people about the BYO Bag campaign and asking for their support in the effort to reduce plastic pollution.
Banners and posters have been placed around the township as a further reminder to shoppers to take their reusable bags with them.
The campaign has received the support of Eurobodalla Shire Council and local businesses.