Days num­bered for plas­tic bag use

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

PLAS­TIC bags will be banned across Queens­land from July 1, 2018.

The leg­is­la­tion passed the Queens­land par­lia­ment on Tues­day night.

Lo­cal Boomerang Bag Whit­sun­day ad­vo­cate Barb Adam­son said the de­ci­sion was a long time com­ing. Nev­er­the­less, she said, it was a cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

“I’ve known since 2016 that they unan­i­mously agreed to do it in 2018 – and my ques­tion then was why does it take so long?” she said.

“That’s when I de­cided to start Boomerang Bags.”

The pur­pose of Boomerang Bags is for cus­tomers who for­get their own eco-friendly bags to use them and re­turn to spe­cific re­tail­ers for their next shop.

Eco Barge Clean Seas founder Libby Edge said the plas­tic bag ban would be a big move in the right di­rec­tion.

“We have got to re­duce our plas­tic us­age be­cause there is a di­rect link­age be­tween plas­tic and the health of our marine en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

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