Council is throwing its support behind the call to ban plastic bags, tackling the problem at both the state and grass roots level.
Australians use more than 7 billion plastic bags each year. Many end up contaminating our waterways, Bayside beaches and the Bay.
At the most recent Council meeting, Bayside Councillors confirmed their commitment to lobby the State Government for Victoria-wide restrictions on the sale or supply of plastic bags by retailers.
This includes advocating for changes to the Victorian Environmental Protection Act for the sale, supply or provision of polyethylene or polystyrene packaging for fruit and vegetables and prohibiting goods with plastic microbeads.
Bayside Council is also supporting a group of passionate local community members in their efforts to banish the plastic bag!
Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto helped launch Boomerang Bags Bayside’s first crop of cloth bags into the community last weekend.
Started by local residents Lisa Carruthers and Tracey Scharenguivel earlier this year, the group has sewn more than 1,250 cloth bags over the past 3 months to encourage shoppers to abandon plastic.
Council assisted Boomerang Bags Bayside with a New Community Initiative grant – these are available to support community organisations with new ideas to help make Bayside a Better Place.
Boomerang Bags are available from local retailers, with more supporters needed.
Find out more about Boomerang Bags Bayside via their Facebook page including how you can help and where to buy a bag.
Bayside City Council Mayor Cr Alex del Porto trying out the antique sewing machine at the launch of Boomerang Bags Bayside at Black Rock House.