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 Home>Resident Information>Waste Management, Rubbish Collection and Transfer Stations>Loddon Shire Plastic Shopping Bag Free    
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Loddon Shire Council officially became Australia’s first plastic shopping bag free Shire on Friday 9th December 2005. Launches were held right across the Shire in the townships of Boort, Inglewood, Pyramid Hill and Wedderburn with promotions, reusable bag give-aways, free food and information displays supported by Loddon Shire Council, the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group and Ellwaste. Newly elected Loddon Shire Mayor Cr Gavan Holt launched the project at all four venues. All Shire councillors attended the launch in their respective towns. Sustainability Victoria’s Diana Gibson on behalf of the Hon. John Thwaites, Minister for the Environment, presented a plaque acknowledging the Shire of Loddon, the residents and its traders on becoming Australia’s first Plastic Bag Free Shire.
 
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With the support of the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group each of the towns’ traders within the Loddon Shire have been approached to participate in this ambitious project. “The support and enthusiasm from the traders has been great” Cr Holt said. The concept aimed to phase out the use of plastic shopping bags in each of the towns by the end of the year. The Council has been committed to purchasing reusable maroon shopping bags promoting the Loddon Shire and the fact that it is Plastic Shopping Bag Free. An allocation of free incentive bags were distributed through the traders during December to kick start the program.

A communication campaign was rolled out including media, town signage, trader information and promotional badges. The Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group’s Waste and Litter Education Trailer was utilised at local schools prior to the December 9th launch and during the town launches as part of the project.
 
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The environmental impacts of the plastic shopping bags has been a concern for the Loddon Shire Council with the project providing a good opportunity to lessen the damage caused by these bags blowing around. “Prior to the launch, residents in the Shire were using about 650,000 plastic bags per year, many of which are being sent to local landfill and also littering the roadsides, parks and waterways” Cr Holt said. This Plastic Shopping Bag Free initiative will further enhance the Loddon Shire Council's vision of a proud community leading rural Australia as a great place to live, work and visit.

With all traders welcoming the environmentally friendly alternatives, the residents will be significantly reducing the amount of plastic bags going to landfill every year and helping to protect our environment for future generations.
 
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The Loddon Shire community is encouraged to embrace this project and help to protect their environment and showcase the Shire as progressive and leading the way. The Loddon Shire Council has provided sponsorship for this project with support from the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group and Ellwaste Pty Ltd.
 
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