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A number of Australia’s states and territories have already waved goodbye to plastic bags in supermarkets, and now two more could be signing up to the scheme.

Both Queensland and New South Wales are considering banning single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, forcing people to use recyclable bags or pay 10 cents at the checkout for a reusable plastic bag instead.

South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Northern Territory have already banned plastic bags and have reported reduced waste and environmental damage since the ban took place.

The ban has many shoppers divided with some praising the government for finally stepping up and doing something about the huge amount of plastic waste and litter across the country, and others complaining that they rely on the bags for household uses.

Those praising the ban point out the damage they have on the environment and say it’s just as easy for people to use recyclable bags instead.

Plastic bags have a significant impact on wildlife, with 40 per cent of turtles in Queensland’s Moreton Bay alone being found trapped or tangled in plastic bags. Many have died and slow and painful death because of them.

Others though say they find the ban annoying as they regularly use plastic bags for storage, bin liners, and other household uses to save money they’d rather spend on something else.

Where do you stand?

Do you support banning plastic bags? Are plastic bags banned where you live?

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  1. Well we fill our bin with all the packing on goods that comprises of plastic cardboard and who knows what a lot of it is made of if households have too do the right thing then get on too the big business as well and I would be happy we would all be doing our bit not just the people who shop.

  2. Just ban the cursed things. It should have been done years ago. Labor proposed it when they were first elected, but backed off.

  3. You know what – it works. It’s not a big deal and some of the retailers have even become environmentally friendly by supplying bio-degradable bags (at no cost). It’s not all doom and gloom. Next we should get rid of the excess packaging and use refillable containers or paper bags. A calico bag is always handy. Sound familiar (yep that’s the way it used to be). A flax basket for the vegetables and a paper sack for the other stuff. Way to go. Us oldies were champion recyclers before it became trendy, it will be easy for us.

  4. B. Ban the bags. We survived without them years ago. It needs to be done over Australia so there is no confusion as to where they are banned.

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    • totally AGREEWITH YOU. But as you say it must be nationwide so we can all learn to get along without them together I prefer the material ones anyway they don’t cut into your hands.

  5. Got along without them before we had them, gonna get along without them now. Remember the tune? Sing it thru the supermarket.
    I use my own cloth bags which I wash monthly, I buy bin liners which smell nice.

  6. We have been without them in SA for years (thank you John Hill), and guess what we don’t miss them. The beaches and roadsides and parks are free from blowing plastic and our oceans are also free. Now we need to talk about banning those plastic ring tops on some six packs.

  7. I seldom get a plastic bag. I usually use a cloth one which most stores sell for a dollar or so and last [so far] for ever.

    How ever if I shop and don’t have a cloth bag with me I get a plastic one, save them up and give them to the local Op Shop.

    Not sure if you call that recycling but the Op Shop staff seem to appreciate the gesture.

  8. Totally agree! Just as easy to bring your own bags!

  9. I live in Tasmania and we havent had them for some time now, I still forget to take my reuse bags at times but thats my problem, I think its fantastic

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    • Yep,
      I´m in Tas from earlier 2000 and still have some green bags from Sydney years ago. I use to forget to take them with me, as you say, but now I always have plenty of those reusable plastic ones with me. It is great, about time they are banned every where.

  10. They have tried it and it didnt work people went to the stores that had them especially if you want onky a few itens and have left the other bags at home

  11. ifyour going to get rid of plastic bags do it . not have them for sale at checkouts thats just making money for the shops anda joke also dont forget the bin bags on shelf , garden Bags ,etc list goes on there all plastic. or are you just making the shopping harder for people who forget there bags or call in for a couple of lastminute items,

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