Goolwa Foodland has replaced single use, plastic fruit and veg produce bags with fully compostable bags, as of this week.
The decision comes during Plastic Free July, when consumers and retailers are challenged to consider how single use plastic items and packaging can be replaced with other alternatives.
Goolwa Foodland is working alongside the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) to introduce compostable bags to promote the FOGO (Food Organics and Green Organics) initiative.
FOGO is aimed at reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill by diverting it into the green organics bin.
The compostable bags from Goolwa Foodland can be used to line your kitchen caddy at home and gather food scraps.
Simply tie the bags off at the top and place directly into the green organics bin for kerbside collection.
The bags are made of corn starch and breakdown completely in commercial composting systems, leaving no toxic residue.
Goolwa Foodland welcomed the opportunity to encourage the use of compostable products and store owner, Leanne Reynolds said "we want our customers to use the compostable bags in store and at home, as one small thing that we can all do to reduce our environmental footprint."
2017 bin audits conducted by KESAB for FRWA, showed that 48 percent of general waste truck contents was food, compostable paper and green garden organics, which can be better disposed of in green organics bins.
More than five million tonnes of food waste in Australia ends up in landfill every year, producing methane gas that is 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.
For further information on the FOGO initiative or Plastic Free July 2019 visit the FRWA website or call 8555 7405.