CONTAINER REFUND SCHEME AND PLASTIC BAG BAN
Queenslanders are sick of being the litter
capital of the country.
Right now supermarkets are handing out a billion plastic bags a year in our state and many of those end up polluting our waterways and oceans and killing our fish and turtles.
More than 23,000 Queenslanders told us they wanted a ban on single use plastic shopping bags.
We’ve heard them loud and clear. A plastic bag ban will make it easier for people to recycle and protect our environment from plastic pollution.
The amendments to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 introduced also included a Container Refund Scheme.
We’re also introducing a container
refund program which will make it easier for people to recycle and give community groups a chance to make some extra money from their clean up days.
To make the program as simple as possible, refunds will be available from reverse vending machines or at designated container refund points.
We even have bipartisan support in Parliament, reflecting the overwhelming community support for both the refund scheme and the plastic bag ban.
Dr Stephen Miles, Environment Minister, Qld