29 November 2016 –
The Queensland Government is moving to ban light-weight single-use plastic shopping bags. As part of this process the Government has released a public discussion paper to ensure the community has a chance to have a say on how to best implement the plan.
There has already been significant consultation with retailers, community organisations, and environment groups. The scientific evidence about the harmful impacts of plastic in the environment is clear and there is considerable community support for a for a plastic bag ban.
The Queensland Government sees a plastic bag ban as a critical step in a long term plan to reduce plastic pollution. The ban will kick in in 2018 to coincide with Queensland’s new Container Deposit Scheme.
A ban will help reduce the number of plastic bags floating around our streets, entering our waterways, and harming our wildlife. Light-weight plastic bags are already banned in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT, and Tasmania.
According to the latest National Litter Index figures – Queensland remains the most littered mainland state in Australia with the worst affected areas being beaches, along highways, and shopping centre car parks. A plastic bag ban along with our new container deposit scheme will go a long way to addressing this litter problem and help our environment.
To have your say visit http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste/