Whakatāne gets behind Plastic Free July

Photo Caption: Mayor Tony Bonne discussing the Plastic Free July initiative with members of the Whakatāne-Ōhope Community Board. Pictured are (seated left to right): Carolyn Hamill, Tony Bonne, Christine Chambers and Moira Hanna; standing (left to right) are Scott Jarrett, Neville Delahunty and Mike van der Boom.

Whakatāne has joined more than a dozen other Districts throughout the country in an initiative to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in circulation.

Mayor Tony Bonne has pledged support for the challenge issued by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, asking central government to put a national levy on single-use bags, and says it is a great way to raise awareness of an issue that has serious implications locally and globally. “I think we are all aware now of the huge impact that plastic has, not just in the form of single-use bags, but also bottles and packaging,” Mr Bonne says, “and this is one way we can start to make some changes.”

The Whakatāne-Ōhope Community Board is already getting behind the project by embracing the Plastic Free July programme and is seeking interest from the public on ways to not only raise awareness, but to offer alternatives to single-use plastic bags. “The Whakatane-Ohope Community Board strongly supports the Mayoral initiative and encourages everyone to say ‘no’ to one-use plastic and plastic bags in general,” Board Chair Christine Chambers says. “Anything we can do to stop the large raft of plastic circulating in the Pacific Ocean from getting any bigger has to be worthwhile, and so throughout July, we are asking for public input on ways that we can make a difference. We will be looking at groups like Boomerang Bags, a community initiative to produce reusable bags which is already active in Ōpōtiki, but we will also be taking the message to schools throughout the District.”

Mrs Chambers says anyone wishing to become involved with Plastic Free July can contact the Whakatāne-Ōhope Community Board via their Facebook page facebook.com/whakataneohopecommunityboard/

 

 

Photo Caption: Mayor Tony Bonne discussing the Plastic Free July initiative with members of the Whakatāne-Ōhope Community Board. Pictured are (seated left to right): Carolyn Hamill, Tony Bonne, Christine Chambers and Moira Hanna; standing (left to right) are Scott Jarrett, Neville Delahunty and Mike van der Boom.

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