Markets phase out plastic bags

COFFS Coast Growers' Market is phasing out the use of plastic bags by its stallholders and is encouraging shoppers to go green by offering them special $1 enviro bags.

“Council looks at all sorts of ways to be more environmentally friendly,” Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said.

“From multi-million dollar water reclamation plants, waste recycling and solar power to offering shoppers access to locally produced goods at the Growers' Market. Turning the Market into a plastic bag free zone is another positive step.”

The Coffs Coast Growers' Market returns to its regular weekly timetable this week on October 9 and the bags will be one of its latest innovations.

“Some of our vendors have already switched to biodegradable plastic bags and many of our customers bring their own reusable bags, but we wanted to go one step further and give shoppers the option of going completely green with our new bags,” council's market co-ordinator Simone Howe said.

“So with the help of local training company ETC, which has sponsored the cost of the bags so we can offer them at below cost price, we're now looking at becoming as green as some of our produce.”

The Growers' Market is celebrating its fifth birthday this month and regular shoppers will notice that it continues to grow in size and variety.



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