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Queen Vic Market: Plastic-bag free

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2010

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From July, Deli Hall and Meat Hall traders at Queen Victoria Market will be going plastic bag free with a campaign to ‘Bag the (Plastic) Bag’.   In an effort to encourage patrons to rethink their use of plastic bags and their impact on the environment, traders will be offering alternatives such as biodegradable cornstarch bags in place of regular plastic.

There’s much more to the Market’s sustainable practices than many people may realise. When the solar panels were installed onto the shed rooves in 2003 the project was the largest urban gridconnected solar photovoltaic installation in the southern hemisphere.  The rainwater harvesting project reduces the Market’s potable water consumption by around 25%; saving approximately 6 Olympic swimming pools of water each year.

The Market team has been working closely with traders in the Deli and Meat Halls on the plastic bag project and now has a full time Sustainability Officer on board to work with traders and staff on initiatives to further the sustainability efforts including the Bag the (Plastic) Bag campaign. The goal is to encourage patrons to bring re-usable bags into the Market and eventually have the entire Market plastic bag free – an ambitious goal but an important one.  The aim is to provide customers with a high quality, lifestyle experience, and we consider running a sustainable operation to be very much a part of that experience. Plastic bags will be phased out of the Deli Hall and Meat Hall from July.

Queen Victoria Market will be holding a plastic bag amnesty on Thursday July 1 and Friday July 2, giving shoppers the chance to pick up a FREE re-usable QVM bag in exchange for making a pledge to use less plastic bags.

Market Staff will be at the following locations from 10am to 11am:-

* Therry Street entrance Deli Hall
* Queen Street entrance Meat Hall
* Market office, 513 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

Patrons can also hand in their old plastic bags for recycling in the Market office.

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