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