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ACT TO BAN ‘SERIAL KILLER’ PLASTIC BAGS

ACT to ban ‘serial killer’ plastic bags

Media Release- 26 October 2010
 
Clean Up Australia has welcomed the ACT’s decision to ban single use lightweight plastic bags from the middle of 2011.
 
Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said, “We congratulate the ACT Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and his team for their vision in addressing this serious environmental and sustainability issue.
 
“Plastic bags are lightweight and water resistant, and often end up being blown into our waterways and bush where they harm or kill our wildlife.

“Once a bag is ingested the animal dies and releases the bag back into the environment to kill again – they’re serial killers.

“We’re currently in a crazy situation where it is estimated that Australians throw away over 7,000 recyclable plastic bags a minute, with 429,000 recyclable single use plastic bags dumped into landfill every hour.
 
“It’s high time that the rest of the State governments followed the leadership of SA, the NT and now the ACT by introducing a ban on single use singlet style plastic bags, and supporting other commonsense environmentally friendly policies such as a system for bottle and can refunds” Mr Kiernan said.

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To arrange an interview with Ian Kiernan AO please contact:
Marita Dortins Tel: 0415 385 056 marita@cleanup.com.au

 
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