Ban the Bag: The battle continues

                       Plastic bag ban

Download the petition form, collect signatures and send to Dr Mehreen Faruqi 

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Sutherland Shire via Oyster Bay’s ban on plastic bag use in 2004, can claim a link to early attempts to control the use of plastic bags. However, one suburb is not enough and the residents of the Shire should revisit the issue of plastic bag use. We need to remember that plastic bags can block drains, trap birds and kill livestock and the WWF estimates that over 100,000 whales, seals, and turtles die every year. According to Planet Ark sources Australians use around 3.9 billion plastic check-out bags a year. That’s over 10.6 million new bags being used every day!!  http://plasticbags.planetark.org/about/environment.cfm

The best approach is to avoid their use. The Greens have announced they will introduce legislation in the new parliament to ban single-use plastic bags in New South Wales, which is lagging other states that have already adopted this measure to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Clean up Australia supports a ban on plastic bag use http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Whatelsewesupport/call-for-nsw-ban-on-plastic-bags-.html

Jamie Parker MP, Greens Member for Balmain, said the Greens intend to introduce legislation for NSW to finally put a stop to this environmental catastrophe (http://greens.org.au/node/7065).  So protect our natural world and sign the petition (link)
Another important action is to recycling them. Only 3% of Australia’s plastic bags are currently being recycled, despite recycling facilities being available at major supermarkets. To find out your local plastic bag recycling locations, go to http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/

 

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