THE decision by supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months met a lukewarm response on the streets of Tumut on Monday. Minjary’s Mark Mazzini has mixed feelings about the move.
“I think it is okay if there is a suitable, affordable alternative,” he said.
“Not everybody can afford to buy their own bags, like pensioners. A lot of people already use their own bags, but it is hard for those who struggle.”
Abby Sutton, 12, of Tumut, thinks the decision is not very good at all.
“It’s silly how they are getting rid of them,” she said.
“People should not have to buy or bring their own bags along with them.”
Gilmore’s Trevor and Roselyn Carter agree.
“It annoys me to be honest,” Roselyn said.
“It’s another one of these things that is supposed to be good for everyone. Most people try to bring their own bags along when they can, but now they will have to pay for each bag. They should just bring back brown paper bags like they started with.”
Trevor believes heavy fines for those who litter with plastic bags is a better solution.
“People shouldn’t throw them in the river, or somewhere where they will end up in the river, and there should be a $1000 fine for those who do,” he said.
Snowy Valleys Council Waste Management Strategy Officer Ken Fletcher believes the bag ban is a “great result”.
“We are going to get rid of a lot of the waste problem,” he said.
“With this and the container deposit scheme, Tumut is going to be a greener and cleaner place to live.”
Aldi has never given away single use plastic bags to shoppers since it began operating in Australia 16 years ago and Coles followed Woolworths in resolving to phase them out.