12 November, 2019 –
The Palaszczuk Government’s new Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan is the next step in helping Queenslanders fight the war on waste.
Last year we banned plastic bags and introduced the Container Refund Scheme to reduce litter and encourage recycling. The Container Refund Scheme has already created 700 new jobs across Queensland, many in regional areas, and saw 1 billion containers returned in its first year.
Seven out of ten people already take steps to reduce their use of single-use plastics, but there is always more we can do to tackle pollution.
The Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan is an Australian first in its scope and structure, and one of its actions is to introduce legislation next year to ban the supply of single-use plastic products, including plastic straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers.
As part of the legislative process next year there will be deep consultation with the community via the Regulatory Impact Statement – we want to make sure that the way we progress these bans will be done in the best way possible.
We will also conduct an analysis to possibly extend the ban down the track to include coffee cups, plastic cups and heavy-weight shopping bags.
All of these single-use plastic items we propose to ban have a preferred and available reusable or 100% compostable alternative.
We recognise there are some instances where banning plastics is not feasible – such as people with a disability who have not found bamboo, paper or metal alternatives suitable. This is why we will ensure these needs are appropriately understood and addressed, and put in place exemptions in this regard.
Other actions in the Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan include increasing the uptake of recycled plastic materials in new products and investing in plastic recovery and reprocessing.
We are acting on this important issue and we know that Queensland will take up the aims of the plan with great energy and commitment.
Visit www.qld.gov.au/wasterecovery to find out more.