Plas­tic bag free Queens­land

Lead­ing the charge to phase out the pesky rub­bish

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1000 years to fully de­com­pose.

“I’m proud to lead the community in cut­ting pub­lic waste, re­duc­ing land­fill and pro­vid­ing a safer en­vi­ron­ment for our wildlife and fam­i­lies,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“Queens­lan­ders use around one bil­lion plas­tic bags every year and the aver­age fam­ily col­lects more than 60 per week.

“By phas­ing out sin­gle-use plas­tic bags from our lo­cal su­per­mar­kets, we are mak­ing an im­por­tant in­vest­ment in our fu­ture.”

Mr Ben­nett said the LNP’s com­mit­ment to phase out plas­tic bags has been fully en­dorsed by Clean Up Aus­tralia, Wildlife Aus­tralia and the Boomerang Al­liance, which rep­re­sents 45 dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­men­tal groups.

“In 2005, Gov­ern­ments agreed to phase out plas­tic bags by 2008, only South Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, North­ern Ter­ri­tory and ACT have ful­filled that prom­ise,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“By mak­ing a sim­ple life­style change, lo­cal fam­i­lies can make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“Green, or bring-your-own bags, heavy re­tail bags, pa­per bags and bar­rier bags for fruit veg­eta­bles and meat will not be banned.

“We are com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing our world-class en­vi­ron­ment, af­ter re­cently in­tro­duc­ing a con­tainer de­posit scheme that would give con­sumers, busi­nesses and char­i­ties a 10 cent re­fund for alu­minium, glass and plas­tic drink con­tain­ers re­turned for re­cy­cling,” he said.

GONE: A fu­ture LNP govern­ment could ban plas­tic shop­ping bags.

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