Re­tail­ers back plas­tic bag ban

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE re­tail sec­tor will work with the State Govern­ment to help pre­pare Queenslanders for life with­out sin­gle-use, plas­tic bags from mid-2018.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles said the Na­tional Re­tail As­so­ci­a­tion will launch an aware­ness cam­paign to in­form re­tail­ers of the im­pend­ing changes.

“Around 900 mil­lion sin­gleuse, light­weight plas­tic shop­ping bags are used each year and up to 16 mil­lion bags are thrown away, end­ing up in our wa­ter­ways, beaches and parks,” Mr Miles said.

Plas­tic bags have al­ready been banned in South Aus­tralia and both ter­ri­to­ries.

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