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August 9, 2008

That is the headline on the second page of The Deeside Piper this week.

The article goes on to say that

Somerfield, in North Deeside Road, Banchory, is backing the Banchory bags Campaign [BbC] to rid the town of plastic bags, and it seems shoppers are already taking heed.

Somerfield Manager, Sean Carty, said:  “In the first eight weeks of the new financial year, we’ve re-ordered one-third of the amount of carriers we ordered last year.

This could be down to the Banchory bags Campaign to a certain degree and also because people are becoming more aware of green issues in general

The Manager then describes the scheme they have introduced of giving anyone who brings in five plastic bags for recycling is given a free Bag for Life.  [I know that it is not perfect but obviously it has helped cut the number of plastic carrier bags given out.]

The article continues

He [the Manager] said Somerfield’s till operators were asked to promote the Bag for Life and customers re-using their own bags.

The article then goes on to say that BbC will be having a ‘Follow-Up’ Campaign towards the end of the year and that we have been invited into Somerfield to chat to customers and give away our Banchory Bags, stickers and bookmarks.  It also mentions that the Council’s Waste Aware bus has been invited to promote recycling and green initiatives on the same day.  It concludes:-

Mr. Carty said: ” I don’t know what other traders are saying, but the campaign seems to be a success from the point of view that I’m ordering less carrier bags”.


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