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QUEENSLAND GOES PLASTIC BAG FREE

Plastic bag litter kills wildlife, clogs landfill, and squanders fossil fuels.

In Australia, SA, NT, TAS and ACT have all banned single-use plastic bags. Around the world, countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, China, South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somaliland, Tanzania, and United Arab Emirates ban plastic bags. Many European countries charge a tax on plastic bags, including Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Macedonia, and Italy.

The Queensland State Government has announced a plan to ban lightweight, single-use plastics bags by July 2018. This includes degradable (and probably) biodegradable bags. The ban excludes smaller barrier bags (without handles) and currently thicker department store style bags (more that 35 microns).

Degradable bags are included in the ban because they are designed to break into smaller pieces and are particularly dangerous to wildlife when littered. Biodegradable bags decompose too slowly in the marine environment, and because they are ‘biodegradable’ they tend to be littered more as consumers think that they are okay to discard.

Heavier plastic bags (over 35 microns) are not part of the ban, however, the government wants stores to voluntarily reduce the use of these heavier bags.

The ban is due to come into effect on July 1st, 2018. There is a planned public awareness campaign ahead of the introduction.

Clean Up continues to encourage shoppers to say NO to the single use singlet style plastic bag at the checkout.

Should you not have a bag with you when you shop, buy a reusable bag or thicker bag for a fee. In South Australia, 81% of surveyed shoppers strongly support their bag ban, as do 73% of Territorians and 70% of people in the ACT.

Swear off single-use, singlet style plastic shopping bags. See how easy it is to kick the plastic bag habit .


 

 
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