End for plas­tic bags?

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE clos­ing date is com­ing up on a dis­cus­sion to get rid of sin­gle-use plas­tic shop­ping bags.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is con­duct­ing a sur­vey for res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to have their say on the mat­ter.

Last Novem­ber, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Dr Steven Miles re­leased a pub­lic dis­cus­sion pa­per to open up pub­lic dis­cus­sion on the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed 2018 ban on plas­tic shop­ping bags.

“The sci­en­tific ev­i­dence about the harm­ful im­pacts of plas­tic in the en­vi­ron­ment is grow­ing every day, and there is con­sid­er­able sup­port for a plas­tic bag ban,” Dr Miles said at the time.

Light-weight plas­tic bags are al­ready banned in South Aus­tralia, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory and Tas­ma­nia. The dis­cus­sion pa­per closes on Fe­bru­ary 27,

To take part in the coun­cil’s sur­vey go to https://www.sur­vey­mon­key. com/r/NBRCPlas­ticBags.

The sur­vey closes on Mon­day.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

BAGGED: Queens­land Gov­ern­ment wants to phase out plas­tic shop­ping bags.

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