Plastic bags' days in Yamba may be numbered

YAMBA is one step closer to being a plastic bag free zone.

A Yamba Chamber of Commerce sub-committee, established to investigate the feasibility of a community free from the plastic scourge, gained support from the chamber who has made the issue a priority.

Chamber president Tania Williams formed the sub-committee a year ago, taking inspiration from the founder of the Australian Seabird Rescue, Lance Ferris' work in saving injured marine wildlife, many of whom lose their lives to plastic bags.

She saw businesses in Yamba playing a leadership role in cutting off plastic bags at the source.

Yamba Historical Society president Marea Buist has brought new energy to the cause, surveying Yamba retailers on their attitudes to plastic bags, with an overwhelming support for alternatives.

Another meeting of the sub-committee tomorrow will discuss strategies of where the group can go to from here, including sending a letter of support for the move to council.

Sustainable services co-ordinator at the Clarence Valley Council, Ken Wilson, said that although council has no legislative power to ban plastic bags, it would lend its support to the campaign that he hopes will be successful.

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