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Queensland Officially Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Thursday, September 07, 2017 | Comments (0)

In a major win for the sustainability and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle movement, Queensland Parliament has officially passed new legislation putting an end to single-use plastic bags. The new laws also include a policy that allows plastic drink containers to be exchanged for a refund when recycled. Drink containers between 150ml and 3 litres can be exchanged for 10 cents apiece.

The ban officially takes effect on July 1, 2018.

Queensland joins South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, and Northern Territory, as well as several cities that have taken independent action to ban plastic bags. The new laws received bipartisan support in the Queensland Parliament. 

“These initiatives will stop the scourge of plastic shopping bags, and put a price on beverage containers so they get recycled,” said Environment Minister Steven Miles.

“By passing this Bill we say to our young people that we value our wildlife, especially our marine creatures like turtles, sea birds and dugongs.”

It is estimated that Australians used 3.9 billion HDPE bags in 2007—a number that has been in a steady decline since states and cities passed laws.

In July this year, supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles independently banned plastic bags from their stores, providing reusable shopping bags and paper bags as alternatives. 

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