Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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

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