It’s an issue many of our members have tackled themselves. Alexandra Park Zoo in Bundaberg QLD have recently started replacing standard plastic garbage bags with compostable corn-based bags from a company called Compost-A-Pak, whose products are claimed to breakdown as much as 99% in 45 days in a compost bin.
The National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra are encouraging their visitors to remove some of the plastic bags already circulating by placing soft plastic recycling collection points within the zoo for the week leading up to Earth Day.
Meanwhile, Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch, New Zealand have looked to remove the use of plastic bags altogether in their gift shop. Shoppers are now offered reusable material bags for a small price instead, which have proven very popular and have assisted the park to reduce their use of plastic bags by over 4,000 per year.
Zoos Victoria, with a Zero Waste to Landfill by 2019 plan, has extensive programs to reduce and recycle single-use plastics, including recycling soft plastics and buying back products made from them. These recycled and remanufactured plastics will be used as replacements of wood-based products such as decking, seats, bollards, sleepers etc.