It is estimated that Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year - that is over 10 million bags being used every day!!!

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Say NO To Plastic Bags

This project is currently under review.

The “Say NO to Plastic Bags” project was a joint venture in collaboration with the Whitsunday Regional Council to reduce the reliance on plastic bags in the Whitsunday region and to promote the use of biodegradable and re-useable alternatives.

It is estimated that approximately 180,000 plastic bags are used in the Whitsunday region every week, contributing to the 50 million plastic bags that end up as litter in Australia each year. Unfortunately many of these plastic bags, either accidently or carelessly, enter our waterways where they pose a potential hazard to wildlife if ingested. Marine turtles are particularly at risk as they are thought to mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, which is the main prey of many species. Marine biologists from Queensland University have confirmed that approximately 40% of autopsied turtles are found with plastics, including plastic bags, in their intestinal tract which highlights the threat to our iconic marine turtles and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

By saying NO to plastic bags you reduce the need to produce them and therefore prevent them accidently making their way into our marine environment.

Local retailers participated in the “Say NO to Plastic Bags” project by making a donation to the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program for every plastic bag that was refused by a customer, with these donations being tax deductable for the store through Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc.

The following retail stores signed on to participate in the project:

Just Souvenirs, Airlie Beach
o Marina Cellars (Airlie Beach Hotel), Abel Point Marina
o Rip Curl, Airlie Beach 
o Thirsty Camel (Airlie Beach Hotel), Airlie Beach, Centro
   and Cannonvale Markets
o Top Shop (Adelyn Retail), Airlie Beach
o Trading Post (Adelyn Retail), Airlie Beach 
o Whitsunday Beachworx (Adelyn Retail), Airlie Beach and
   Centro


Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 171,316 kilograms