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BAN THE BAG

More than 5 billion plastic bags are handed out at the checkout every year.

Less than 4% are recycled.

As you are reading this, 7,150 plastic bags are going to landfill.

Over the last decade since state environment ministers undertook to ban the bag, 1.2 billion have ended up in the litter stream.

Clean Up volunteers report that 8% of the plastics they remove from our streets, parks, beaches, bushland and waterways are plastic bags.

These bags re potential killers.
Their victims - the animals that ingest them - choke, smother or die of malnutrition.
Such a horrible way to die.

STOP PRESS: 14 JULY 2017

Reflective of the great uptake by shoppers to their voluntary reduction of plastic bags at the checkout, HARRIS FARM MARKETS has announced it will be completely plastic bag free by 1 January 2018, making it the first grocer in NSW to #BanTheBag

On 14 July WOOLWORTHS and COLES announced they would be implementing their ban of single use lightweight plastic bags nationally from 1 July 2018.

In the case of WOOLWORTHS this ban is extended beyond their supermarket chain to BIG W, BWS and online.

STOP PRESS: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017

Western Australia joins Queensland in announcing a ban of lightweight plastic bags from July 2018.

CURRENT STATUS OF BANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Clean Up Australia is disappointed that New South Wales and Victoria continue to ignore community calls to demonstrate environmental leadership by declining to ban the single use singlet style plastic bag.

South Australia banned the bag in 2009, Northern Territory in 2012, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania in 2013.

The New South Wales Premier and her team espouse a 40% litter reduction target for 2020 but have failed to respond to the strong community call to eradicate an item that is reported by Clean Up volunteers to represent 8% of plastic rubbish they remove through their efforts. In Victoria this count is 5.5%.

More than 1 million or 35% of Harris Farm Market customers voluntarily said NO to the bag at checkouts across the state May-July; clearly demonstrating community willingness to replace plastic.

169,000 people signed The Project petition asking the premiers of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to join with other states to #BanTheBag to give communities a nationally consistent shopping experience.

New South Wales and Victorian governments continue to ignore their communities. The good news is that Western Australia has responded by announcing their July 2018 ban on 12 September.

New South Wales continues sidestepping the issue by pushing the onus back onto retailers - a slap in the face to those and their shoppers who seek a level playing field.

Clean Up Australia will continue to work with responsible retailers who choose to replace plastic bags with alternatives and encourage communities to follow the example of Beecroft and other communities as they work towards plastic bag free precincts.

HARRIS FARM JOINS THE CAMPAIGN

During May - July 2017 Harris Farm Markets offered customers boxes or paper bags as an alternative to plastic in an attempt to reduce the number of plastic bags at checkout by 30%.

As in incentive to encourage uptake, Harris Farm donated 5c to Clean Up Australia for every customer who said NO to plastic.

The target of 1 million customers across 23 stores in NSW was surpassed by 31 July 2017.

A family owned business which has been in operation since 1971, Harris Farm prides itself on waste reduction and sustainability initiatives – such as Imperfect Picks, Curious Cuts, Love Local and Farmer Friendly Milk - all of which divert produce that would have been rejected by supermarkets from landfill.

STOP PRESS 14 July 2017: Reflective of the great uptake by shoppers to their voluntary reduction of plastic bags at the checkout, Harrris Farm Markets has announced it will be completely plastic bag free by 1 January 2018, making it the first grocer in NSW to ban the bag.

 
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