Dungog and Clarence Town IGA going single use plastic bag free

PLASTIC- FREE: Kim Hopson, Craig Stephenson and Kylie Thomas from Lovey's IGA Dungog show alternatives customers can use other than plastic bags. During the plastic free trial last year customers embraced the change with enthusiasm.
PLASTIC- FREE: Kim Hopson, Craig Stephenson and Kylie Thomas from Lovey's IGA Dungog show alternatives customers can use other than plastic bags. During the plastic free trial last year customers embraced the change with enthusiasm.

Lovey’s Grocers IGA has announced it will eliminate single-use plastic bags.

From July 1, all Lovey’s Grocers Stores in Dungog, Clarence Town, Gloucester and Hawks Nest will no longer provide single-use plastic bags to shoppers. Customers are encouraged to bring along their own reusable bags, Boomerang Bag, or use a number of alternatives available at the stores.

Peter Trappel, Co-owner of Lovey’s Grocers IGA, said the change to sustainable options for shopping bags is an important step for our environment.

“We’re committed to protecting the environment,” said Mr Trappel.

“The decision to go plastic bag free was an easy one to make. Over the last 10 months, the Dungog community has saved more than 450,000 bags, a reduction of more than 70 per cent. It’s clear they are making this change for the environment.”

Dungog IGA is a soft-plastics collection point, which then transports the plastic materials to Council’s waste facility for baling before being sent on to the recycling and reprocessing depot.