Chillingham Plastic Bag Free Stephanie Eslick yr 5, Mac Graham School Captain in yr 6, Kate Milne, Don Walton the Sustainability Officer at Tweed Shire Council, Sage Shaw yr 5 and Billy Kliendienst in Kindy all kids are from Chillingham Primary School.
Chillingham Plastic Bag Free Stephanie Eslick yr 5, Mac Graham School Captain in yr 6, Kate Milne, Don Walton the Sustainability Officer at Tweed Shire Council, Sage Shaw yr 5 and Billy Kliendienst in Kindy all kids are from Chillingham Primary School. Crystal Spencer

NSW town plastic bag free

THE tiny village of Chillingham near the Queensland border north of Murwillumbah was yesterday officially declared the first plastic bag free town in Northern NSW.

According to operator of the village's Banana Cabana fruit, vegetable and bush tucker store Buck Buchanan making the shift to reusable bags was not as hard as many retailers made out.

“It's the sort of thing any village can do, with a little co-ordination between retailers and a bit of co-operation from customers,” Mr Buchanan said.

Tweed Shire Council estimates the new status of the village which is a popular stopping point for weekend motorists means about 10,000 less bags will end up in the local landfill and environment each year.

Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase said eliminating single use plastic check-out bags complemented local efforts to improve “village sustainability”.

“This is just another step in Chillingham's journey to create an environmentally responsible and economically resilient community,” Cr Polglase said.

The move to make Chillingham plastic bag free was a response to a decision by Tweed councillors last October to investigate options for plastic bag reduction on the Tweed.


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