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Comrades! The plastic bag reduction target is -80%

By johnboy - 7 November 2008 51

Simon Corbell has celebrated his return to power by announcing he wants to see a reduction of plastic bag use of 80% in the next year.

To achieve this Simon is planning “a range of measures”, the only one of which he names is a 10c levy on plastic bags.

Now here’s a question, will this include take-away? Or is it just supermarkets?

What’s Your opinion?


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Comrades! The plastic bag reduction target is -80%
miz 6:53 pm 07 Nov 08

Top clip Jonathon! – bring back the Gruen Transfer, I say!

Jonathon Reynolds 6:45 pm 07 Nov 08

There is a legitimate place and use for plastic bags
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=npf6qns0JhU

Lenient 6:23 pm 07 Nov 08

Now here’s a question, will this include take-away?

John Lennon once said ‘A man with a handhul of takeaways is either very hungry, or knows someone that’s very hungry.’

ellingly 5:24 pm 07 Nov 08

This is a point where I can hijack about the title. A reduction of minus 80% is really an increase of 80%. I really should have grabbed a marker pen and defaced Esprit’s sale signs which used to say “UP TO -75% OFF”. Yeah, like a price increase of 75% is something you brag about.

It’ll be interesting to see how they achieve this. I’m not sure it’s much beyond a token effort, but oh well. Isn’t that always the way with any kind of political announcement?

barking toad 5:15 pm 07 Nov 08

Pity the politicians can’t read the comprehensive report by the Productivity Commission that confirms that this exercise is economically not viable and has little impact on the environment.

But it sure has plenty of the smug factor for Simon The Sad.

Pommy bastard 4:57 pm 07 Nov 08

Pah, what am I going to use for bin liners if I don’t get me free carrier bags?

tylersmayhem 4:48 pm 07 Nov 08

Australia has had it too good (and abused it) for too long. After traveling the world, I’ve noticed that Australia is in the minority of countries where we get plastic bags gratis. And has already been stated on here, this is abused. Not only abused by customers, but I am often astonished when I buy a couple of chocolate bars and some tic tacs and asked if I want a bag for them.

As with water restrictions, high fuel prices…and plastic bags, it take finacial force for humans to think about responsible alternatives.

While I also have always used plastic shopping bags for my garbage bins at home, I’ll just continue to do what I’ve been doing over the last year and use the big reusable bags 90% of the time, and do an occasional shop bagging with plastic and pay the extra…and smile. That or I’ll just start buying rolls of plastic bags for home garbage. Whichever is the cheapest.

Sammy 4:23 pm 07 Nov 08

3) Conventional wisdom. They offer you a bag, so you take it.

deye 4:17 pm 07 Nov 08

Sammy said :

The number of times each week that I see people, and paradoxically particularly young people, ask for a plastic bag when buying one item, makes me think that this type of initiative could just work.

Often they’ll ask for a plastic bag when buying a single item that is itself already a bag, like a bag of chips, or a bag of bread.

I once asked a friend, who asked for a bag when purchasing a single bag of chips, why they asked for a plastic bag when the item they were purchasing was already a bag, and they said that they wanted the bag because the supermarket included the prices of the bags in the price of the goods, and therefore he’d paid for it, and therefore he wanted it.

Two other possibilities.
1) Work doesn’t empty the bins at peoples desk (cost saving measure) and they are rarely relined. Hence grab a bag at the shop to be your bin bag.
2) You’re going into other shops and will add more items to said bag.

deye 4:15 pm 07 Nov 08

Sammy said :

I use plastic shopping bags for my rubbish.

I use about 10% of the amount that are brought back from the shop as rubbish bags.

I’ll be happy to pay 10 or 20 cents a week to buy a couple of plastic bags to use for rubbish.

The majority of my shopping goes into resuable bags (they hold more, are stronger and more comfortable to carry), whenever I don’t have them with me the plastic ones that result are used for the bin.

Sammy 4:03 pm 07 Nov 08

The number of times each week that I see people, and paradoxically particularly young people, ask for a plastic bag when buying one item, makes me think that this type of initiative could just work.

Often they’ll ask for a plastic bag when buying a single item that is itself already a bag, like a bag of chips, or a bag of bread.

I once asked a friend, who asked for a bag when purchasing a single bag of chips, why they asked for a plastic bag when the item they were purchasing was already a bag, and they said that they wanted the bag because the supermarket included the prices of the bags in the price of the goods, and therefore he’d paid for it, and therefore he wanted it.

jakez 4:02 pm 07 Nov 08

An interesting point deye. I’m not familiar with the science behind ‘biodegradable’ plastic bags so I wonder whether the rationale for reducing plastic bags does not apply to these bags. If it does not apply, will there be a charge?

I think not having an exemption would be an environmental mistake. They should not destroy a potential incentive to transfer to the biodegradable bags.

Going off that, how is this policed? Will stores have to lodge their plastic bag orders with the ACT Government?

Sammy 3:59 pm 07 Nov 08

I use plastic shopping bags for my rubbish.

I use about 10% of the amount that are brought back from the shop as rubbish bags.

I’ll be happy to pay 10 or 20 cents a week to buy a couple of plastic bags to use for rubbish.

deye 3:56 pm 07 Nov 08

What a load of crap.

I wonder if they will charge it on the “biodegradable” plastic bags.

I guess purchases of plastic garbage bags will increase. Every bag I’ve used for the rubbish bin over the last 15 years or so has been a plastic shopping bag.

caf 3:24 pm 07 Nov 08

I wonder if Borders will put this government levy on top of their existing private plastic bag charge.

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