Life after plastic bags is the theme of National Recycling Week from 11 November to 17 November 2013. This year Council’s Green Team is asking all community members to reconsider their use of plastic bags.
Manager Environment and Strategic Planning Renee Campbell said: “Plastic bags are harmful to both wildlife and our environment. In Australia we use more than six billion single-use plastic bags each year, with many of these ending up in our parks, waterways and oceans.
“Generally a single use plastic bag is used from the time it takes to get the groceries from the store to your home. When you consider plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to breakdown in the environment, there has to be a better option.”
As part of National Recycling Week, Council is conducting free workshops where you can meet local seabird rescuer, Kirsten Hort, as she shares stories of her work with pelicans, penguins and plastic entanglements. She’s joined by Council’s Green Team to explore how we can avoid plastic bags, use alternatives and protect our local wildlife.