The residents of Wollongong are calling on Wollongong City Council to introduce a ban on plastic shopping bags throughout the LGA. With free plastic bags readily available in shops, many consumers don’t think twice about using these instead of bringing their own. These free plastic shopping bags are polluting our waterways, killing our marine life, littering our parks and streets, and adding tonnes of non-degradable waste to our landfill sites. We believe the Illawarra could slash single-use plastic bag consumption throughout the area, with many flow-on benefits to the community and the environment. We are calling on Wollongong Council to attain legislative approval from State government so that a ban can be introduced in the Wollongong LGA.