In August 2012, volunteers from the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, Tangaroa Blue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group hit the streets of Port Douglas to survey customers and business owners and staff about plastic bags.

This was the first step in the Think Outside the Bag campaign, which aims to trial a phase out of plastic bags in two areas in the far north, one being Port Douglas.

The surveys revealed a high level of community concern over the issue of plastic pollution, particularly relating to resulting injuries and deaths of marine life.

Some results of the community survey are included below and the full survey reports are available on the links below.

Full report – Port Douglas community survey

Full report – Port Douglas business survey