Rub­bish­ing bag ban is out of touch

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - James Mumme, Shoal­wa­ter

Af­ter a re­cent storm I walked along Shoal­wa­ter Bay and was shocked at the amount of plas­tic washed up.

Ev­ery me­tre there was at least three bits of plas­tic in dif­fer­ent stages of be­ing bro­ken up into smaller and smaller pieces. In half an hour I had enough to fill a wheat bag.

Polystyrene from fish­ing floats was most fre­quent, fol­lowed by ny­lon rope, sticks from suck­ers, plas­tic wrap­pings, plas­tic bags and straws. This will be in our oceans for­ever, end­ing up as mi­cro-plas­tics swal­lowed by fish and us.

For ban­ning shopping bags I con­grat­u­late coun­cils like Fre­man­tle who moved first, the WA Gov­ern­ment and those busi­nesses who have re­sponded to the com­mu­nity’s wishes. To see the Lib­eral Demo­crat MLC at­tempt­ing to rub­bish the ban was dis­ap­point­ing and out of step with what peo­ple want.

It’s not dif­fi­cult to bring your own bag for shopping (or ask for a box) — just takes a lit­tle thought­ful­ness and re­spect for our Earth. That’s the least we can all do to start to clean up our world.

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