Plastic bag bans: Do you support them? 240

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Plastic bags are something we’ve all lived with for years, but could we live without them? While some states have the ban others don’t – and Queensland is one of them.

The Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles has declared that there is more litter in Queensland than in any other state sitting at about 40 per cent above the national average and is now considering the ban or a tax on plastic bags. Mr Miles said, “There’s a range of different models that we could consider – one is a small fee for plastic bags, another is a deposit on bags”.

The Queensland Government has established an advisory council with representatives from regional councils, the retail industry and conservationists to assist in preparing for public consultation later this year.

According to The ABC, Toby Hutcheon from the Boomerang Alliance said he believed such moves would lead to a drastic decrease in litter across Queensland.

“States like South Australia that have a cash for container scheme and a single-use plastic bag ban have considerably less plastic litter than other states like Queensland,” he said.

Currently, South Australia, Tasmania, The Australian Capital Territory and The Northern Territory have all imposed a ban saving an estimated 400 million plastic bags each year. It’s an initiative that not only supports the reduction of landfill but also the abundance of wildlife in Australia. A large driver of the Queensland campaign is the massive numbers of turtles along the reef consuming plastics. Mr Miles said that over 40% of the turtles in the Moreton Bay alongside Brisbane have been recently found to have consumed plastics. More than two thirds of these turtles are the endangered loggerhead turtle.

It’s very clear that as Australians we each need to take responsibility for our actions. I know I’m guilty of leaving my green shopping bags in the car when I go to the supermarket and wrongly, I put going out to get them again in the ‘too hard basket’.

So should we see Australia face plastic bag bans right around the country? Can you live without plastic bags? If you’re already somewhere without them, was it a big adjustment or has it been easy? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. No……until all plastic is removed why should we take our own bags..i recycle all my plastic bags….what do we put or rubbish in….PLASTIC BAGS..!!!!

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  2. I live in SA and have no problems living without plastic bags. Was a bit forgetful at first but soon got the hang of it. I visit Victoria and find it very strange not having to take my bags into the supermarket. Also the amount of these bags that are scattered all over the countryside leads me to believe that we do need to get rid of them permanently. I noticed that some rural towns are plastic bag free which shows a bit of initiative and fore thought. You have to take your own bags into Aldi so why not all the supermarkets.

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      • I agree, stop targeting the consumer and concentrate on the manufacturers. If we cant buy them, then we would automatically use something else. I have recently gone back to the old trolley system, my kids gave me one for Chrissie and I love it.

  3. ACT no plastic bags unless you by them, so have got used to taking our own.

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    • If there no plastic bags Patricia what would you suggest we put “wet” rubbish into? Things like doggy-doo, cat litter, people who need to dispose of incontinence products, etc. If there was a viable solution to that I would agree with you … it really is a dilemma.

  4. Makes no sense at all – lots of people reuse their plastic bags. Why ban plastic bags and then people have to go and buy plastic bans for bin liners, doggy doo doo etc etc. Oh of course! I was forgetting, silly me – there’s no $’s in the free ones

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    • Agree, I use mine for bin liners and puppy poo when out walking, also unless you wash cloth ones after every use they are unhygienic!

    • Exactly – you reuse them and then they go into the tip – they are not bio degradable so they stay there indefinitely.

    • And what on earth do you put in “cloth” ones to make them so dirty ? And is it so hard to wash them once in a while ?

    • Ann it is not the cloth ones … it is those green recyclable ones they sell that harbour germs and can make you sick. What do we put in them … fruit, veggies and meat of course!

  5. I generally take my own bags with me shopping – I keep a supply of “green” bags in the boot of car.
    Normally I shop at Aldi, so am used to them not providing bags – can’t be too hard. Come on Victoria, get with it

  6. Its about time Qld got onto this. Its easy once you get used to it and when I forget I just put my groceries back into the trolley or you can always pay and get some sort of bag. Always carry a small fold up one in my handbag.

  7. No…then I just have to buy bags for rubbish.

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    • Don’t often agree with Ruth but in this case – yes. What a lot of people on here moaning about others trying to save the environment and our animals and too lazy to clean their bins.And what a lot of self righteous people who are so proud of re using their bags. Where do they think they go eventually ?

  8. My childhood had no plastics in it. Always had several cloth shopping bags on the back of my bike. Will have no problems returning that habit…:)

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