Over the years, I have read many articles in the local press about the need to get rid of plastic bags from society.
But, have you ever noticed that the local Chronicle, in all its editions, delivers 140,000 free copies per week all over the ACT, each copy protected in a plastic bag? Do the maths, and that’s about SEVEN MILLION plastic bags that this newspaper throws onto the streets of the ACT and Queanbeyan every single year.
The big brother of the Chronicle, the Canberra Times, is sold mainly through retail outlets, but a certain percentage is home-delivered in similar plastic bags to the Chronicle. It would be fair to estimate that this news organisation is responsible for at least TEN MILLION plastic bags in the ACT each year.
Sadly, you can’t even re-use them as garbage bags (too small and the wrong shape).