MyCoffs - A Natural Environment Sustained for the Future

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Let's protect the diversity of our natural environment.

Let's use resources responsibly to support a safe and stable climate.


Through this page we will provide updates on how we are progressing as a community on the Coffs Harbour Community Strategic Plan objective of 'A Natural Environment Sustained for the Future'.

We will post outcomes, indicators, news and initiatives, however this page is also about YOU! It is an opportunity to share ideas and thoughts on opportunities and issues relating to making the Coffs Harbour region 'A Natural Environment Sustained for the Future'.


You can read more about the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan here.

Let's protect the diversity of our natural environment.

Let's use resources responsibly to support a safe and stable climate.


Through this page we will provide updates on how we are progressing as a community on the Coffs Harbour Community Strategic Plan objective of 'A Natural Environment Sustained for the Future'.

We will post outcomes, indicators, news and initiatives, however this page is also about YOU! It is an opportunity to share ideas and thoughts on opportunities and issues relating to making the Coffs Harbour region 'A Natural Environment Sustained for the Future'.


You can read more about the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan here.

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    Seaside scavenge

    The momentum is building...

    The average Australian uses almost 250 plastic bags per year which equates to over five billion plastic bags annually. Nationwide, Australians use over 10 million plastic bags a day; almost half of of which are given away by non-supermarket retailers such as newsagents, discount stores, pharmacies, fruit and vegetable shops, liquor stores and takeaway outlets.

    There is increasing evidence about the cumulative impact that plastic has on soils, waterways, marine environments and fauna.

    A number of State Governments have introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. This includes the ACT, NT, SA, and TAS, and QLD will...

    The momentum is building...

    The average Australian uses almost 250 plastic bags per year which equates to over five billion plastic bags annually. Nationwide, Australians use over 10 million plastic bags a day; almost half of of which are given away by non-supermarket retailers such as newsagents, discount stores, pharmacies, fruit and vegetable shops, liquor stores and takeaway outlets.

    There is increasing evidence about the cumulative impact that plastic has on soils, waterways, marine environments and fauna.

    A number of State Governments have introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. This includes the ACT, NT, SA, and TAS, and QLD will follow from July 2018. The primary focus of each of these  legislative changes is on lightweight, single-use bags and bags marked as ‘degradable’. 

    With many environmental groups such as Greenpeace, Plastic Bag Free NSW, and Take 3 for the Sea all advocating action, the NSW Environment Protection Authority released an options paper in 2016 that identified practical actions that can be taken in terms of plastic bag litter, consumption and recycling contamination. There are now a growing number of towns across Australia that have taken matters into their own hands and are banning single-use plastic bags.

    Meanwhile, major supermarkets — Coles, Woolworths and IGA — have announced they will phase out single-use plastic bags nationwide from 1st July 2018.


    In 2017, Coffs Harbour City Councillors resolved for “Council to liaise with local retailers to encourage them to voluntarily reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags from the Coffs Harbour LGA”.


    The scale of the plastic problem locally was highlighted in 2017 with two Seaside Scavenge events held at the Harbourside markets and the Sustainable Living Festival, in August and November.  


    Single-use Plastics Community Poll

    A poll was held in January 2018 and the findings are shared below:

    1. Do you support a Coffs Harbour free of single-use plastic bags?  94% Yes, 6% No

    2. Why do you think the proposed phase out of single-use plastic bags is so important? 79% to keep environment clean; 21% we use more than we need

    3. What's your biggest concern with the plastic bag phase out? 67% forget bags; 57% unable to reuse at home

    4. Would you be willing to change your behaviour to challenges yourself and reduce your single-use plastics in the next 6 months? 100% Yes


    Next Steps

    Council is working closely with the business community and community groups (such as Boomerang Bags) to support the reduction of single-use plastic bags in our community. While we work on our own set of resources to share with the business/ retail sector - check out the QLD BAG BAN campaign and associated materials: www.qldbagban.com.au

    The Queensland government has developed a suite of resources to assist retailers with the phase out of single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018, including: fact sheets, training kits, and signage.


    Have Your Say

    Please share your thoughts about single-use plastics.  

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