Plastic bag free Queensland
Leading the charge to phase out the pesky rubbish
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.