STATE SCRAPS PLAS­TIC

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

PLAS­TIC bags will be­come a thing of the past af­ter Queens­land Par­lia­ment unan­i­mously passed laws to out­law sin­gle-use plas­tic bags in the re­gion.

The ban, which will be ef­fec­tive from July 2018, will see all re­tail­ers make the switch from plas­tic to re­cy­clables, in­clud­ing fab­ric and pa­per bags.

This move brings the state in line with an agree­ment made in 2005, whereby all Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments were to re­place plas­tic bags by 2008.

Queens­land has now be­come the fourth state in Aus­tralia to hon­our this agree­ment, with NSW and Vic­to­ria yet to im­ple­ment re­stric­tions on the ev­ery­day items.

Mem­ber for War­rego, Ann Leahy, said the LNP ini­tia­tive would help to clean up the re­gion, with plas­tic bags con­tribut­ing just 12 months of use for years of pol­lu­tion. “Two weeks ago the Waste and Re­duc­tion and Re­cy­cling Act 2011 was passed in the Queens­land State Par­lia­ment to ban light­weight plas­tic shop­ping bags and in­tro­duce a con­tainer de­posit scheme to start on July 1 2018,” she said.

“By phas­ing out sin­gle-use plas­tic bags from our lo­cal su­per­mar­kets, we are mak­ing an im­por­tant in­vest­ment in our fu­ture and help­ing to keep waste in land­fill sites and not car­ried or blown about in the neigh­bours yards and pad­docks.”

Ms Leahy went on to out­line the many sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives that would help keep Aus­tralia green for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“There are plenty of al­ter­na­tives to the sin­gle-use plas­tic bag – by mak­ing a sim­ple lifestyle change, lo­cal fam­i­lies can make a huge dif­fer­ence,” she said. Plas­tic bags will be­gin to faze out soon.

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PLAS­TICS TO BE BINNED: Mem­ber for War­rego, Ann Leahy, be­lieves the plas­tic bag ban will help to keep Queens­land clean for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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