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Advertising starts for the plastic bag ban

By johnboy - 12 September 2011 116

Simon Corbell has announced the start of TV and radio advertising for his plastic bag ban:

All ACT retailers have been provided with signage and other communication materials to help prepare them and their staff for the ban. A communications print campaign started in July with the theme Create Change: BYO Bags. The electronic campaign will run on Canberra FM stations and WIN television.

Customers are reminded to bring their own bags when they go shopping.

Just FM and WIN?

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Advertising starts for the plastic bag ban
Kdowgg 9:58 am 13 Sep 11

Taking away the ‘free/single use’ plastic bags from the super markets only serves to increase my spend @ the supermarket – ultimately increasing cost of living pressures. Not sure if it has (maybe I’ve just missed it), but I why has this plastic bag issue never been included in the equations?
Like most of the population (statistics are coming from my own observation which I presume to reasonably representative) I use the single use bags as bin liners @ home. Obviously from now on I will have to purchase bin liners. I am a single male who lives alone so generally to do not generate much waste (open to opinion!!) yet @ an average of one bag every two days, @ $2.61 per 10 bag pack (current Coles price for the cheapest bags) that works out @ an extra $95.25 per year. While that is easily absorbable in my budget and lifestyle, extrapolate that for a family with 2 or 3 children and you’re getting into significant additional costs.
Furthermore, include the cost of paying for plastic bags to carry your groceries in – 10c-25c per pag seems to be the standard from IGA to Target to Aldi – every time you either forget to bring your reusable bags or just don’t have enough to carry what you’ve just bought. I know many of us carry one of two in the car, but how often to you run in to buy milk and come out with arm loads of junk?!?
Very few people I know are organised enough to always have the green bags every time the pop into the store.
Since EVERY ONE can see through the BS that this policy is, how did it get through? The only reasonable explanation I can see is collusion between the powerful and omnipotent GLAD BAGS Co. and the government….

00davist 9:46 am 13 Sep 11

madamcholet said :

I’m so thoroughly disappointed by what seems like a total lack of desire for people to extend themselves to do something a little better.

All the comments on here sound like my mother in law -“it’s inconvenient TO ME, therefore we shouldn’t be doing it”…well DIDDUMS, GET OVER IT.

It’s not about the inconveinience, it’s about the fact that it’s another pointless token gesture, to try and apease a bunch of fools that would rather this, than real action.

Thanks to people jumping at the bit for useless cr*p like this, we have E10, CFL’s and the damn Prius, a bunch of token gestures, that look good for the govt, and the companies involved, but once you actually do your homework, turn out to have negligable impact, or in some cases, cause more damage to the envronment.

Actually research the impact of the choices you make, before jumping on the “Look at me, I drive a prius on E10” bandwagon!

Jim Jones 9:44 am 13 Sep 11

madamcholet said :

I’m so thoroughly disappointed by what seems like a total lack of desire for people to extend themselves to do something a little better.

All the comments on here sound like my mother in law -“it’s inconvenient TO ME, therefore we shouldn’t be doing it”…well DIDDUMS, GET OVER IT.

+1

shadow boxer 9:40 am 13 Sep 11

Ahh the get over it argument, a staple of the internet like build a bridge.

Usually trotted out when the argument you are proposing fails to pass scrutiny.

madamcholet 9:23 am 13 Sep 11

I’m so thoroughly disappointed by what seems like a total lack of desire for people to extend themselves to do something a little better.

All the comments on here sound like my mother in law -“it’s inconvenient TO ME, therefore we shouldn’t be doing it”…well DIDDUMS, GET OVER IT.

Skidbladnir 6:26 pm 12 Sep 11

bigfeet said :

If we had to import a feel good token environmental scheme from South Australia why couldn’t it have been the 10c refund on bottles and cans?

Smugglers.
No, seriously.
We’re close enough to a border to make it easy.

basketcase 6:19 pm 12 Sep 11

Wonders how they are going to package bread. Can’t remember what they did in the olden days, wrapped it in paper I think, but that was before sliced bread became the rage and health regulations went mad about touching food with your hands.

House hold garbage now gets wrapped up in the Chronicle like we did back to the 70’s.

I really believe this is just another feel good exercise for the government that is going to have zero effect on plastic production.

bigfeet 5:40 pm 12 Sep 11

If we had to import a feel good token environmental scheme from South Australia why couldn’t it have been the 10c refund on bottles and cans?

At least then it would be a good pocket money earner for the children.

Won’t someone think of the children?

Bluey 4:11 pm 12 Sep 11

Glad to see most people can see through the BS this ban is. Its the ultimate “do nothing feel good” policy. No cost to the government, thats passed on to businesses and customers and GovCo gets another green star on its merit board.

Useless.

Himeno 3:45 pm 12 Sep 11

Why do we pay these people if they are just going to sit on their asses all day and be stupid?

Ban plastic bags? No. Ban Simon Corbell.

ConanOfCooma 3:12 pm 12 Sep 11

Can anyone show me a plastic bag that has been sitting out in the elements for the last 5 years?

No? You know why? They degrade – Naturally.

Even the bags I used in the late 90s to wrap up collectables has degraded to the point where the slightest touch results in that section falling apart.

I recently cleaned out a deceased estate, and there may have been some plastic bags containing objects, although it no longer looked like plastic, or bags.

Sure, if the bags hit wildlife BEFORE they degrade, it will cause issues, but most people deal with their bags responsibly. No mention of the 1000+ bags that come flying out of any Canberra landfill everyday, is there?

steveu 2:13 pm 12 Sep 11

Environmental tokenism I think is the term to be used here Shaodw Boxer.

Lazy I 2:11 pm 12 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

Tangible outcomes are not important at the moment, it’s about pretending to do something ( hopefully with someone else’s money) so you can feel smug.

Cases in point

The Carbon tax
Solar power/ massive electricity bills
Pokie pre-commitment
Public transport/bike lanes
Plastic bag bans

Toyota Prius

shadow boxer 2:05 pm 12 Sep 11

Tangible outcomes are not important at the moment, it’s about pretending to do something ( hopefully with someone else’s money) so you can feel smug.

Cases in point

The Carbon tax
Solar power/ massive electricity bills
Pokie pre-commitment
Public transport/bike lanes
Plastic bag bans

Bluey 2:00 pm 12 Sep 11

I dont understand what this ban is going to achieve. Everywhere ive shopped recently and needed a bag (except Coles and WW) has swapped to the thicker plastic bags or the degradable plastic bags which arent covered in the ban. So I still get a plastic bag and i still throw it out in the rubbish when Im done with it.

Keen to see if Coles/WW switch to a thicker plastic bag also when the ban kicks in in earnest.

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