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NATIONAL PLASTIC BAG BAN NOW NEEDED FOLLOWING SAS LEAD

National plastic bag ban now needed following SAs lead

Media Release - 13 November 2008 

Today’s historic decision by the South Australian parliament to ban plastic bags in South Australia should now push the Federal Government to act on a national ban, Clean Up Australia said today.

Clean Up Australia chairman Ian Kiernan AO said a ban lightweight, single-use plastic bags from January 1 is the most effective way of dealing with the huge numbers that pollute the environment.

“South Australia is again proving itself to be the leading state when it comes to the environment. It’s about time the federal government followed the state’s lead and introduced a nationwide ban,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Delays in introducing a ban on plastic shopping bags are costing our environment dearly. An estimated 3.75 billion are being handed out each year in Australia. A large proportion of these end up in either landfill or choking our waterways and marine life.

Mr Kiernan dismissed suggestions that a levy on plastic bags would help solve the problem.

“A levy only has a short term benefit – after a while people simply become used to paying the additional charge and continue to use more and more plastic bags.

“This was attempted in Ireland but it has recently increased its levy to try and halt the increase in plastic bag use. A levy does not work in the long run.”

“It is environmentally negligent to allow this to continue. Only a ban on plastic bags will prevent further damage to Australia’s environment.”

For further information contact Alana Mew, 0423 377 567

 
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