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Goodbye old friend. Plastic shopping bags enter new phase of regulation

By johnboy - 1 July 2011 32

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The ABC has a story on the phase out of plastic shopping bags kicking off today.

There will be a four month transition period for businesses, before plastic bags are completely banned in November.

Environment Minister Simon Corbell says shops can supply bags during the transition period.

“As long as they also provide an alternative which is permitted under the legislation such as a reusable bag or a biodegradable bag or a paper bag,” he said.

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I-filed 10:14 am 11 Sep 11

Tip: for the next eight weeks, get hoarding – use the Woollies self-serve and bag each item individually.

poetix 9:52 am 11 Sep 11

I like the black bag in the photo, in mourning for his friends. Very American Beauty. But good.

Mr Evil 9:45 am 11 Sep 11

I-filed said :

Camden said :

I haven’t used a plastic bag in over a year. .

Canberra’s plastic bags do not end up in the ocean causing harm to marine wildlife, and biodegradable bags will break down in landfill. So there is no need to ban them here.

Supermarkets have the option of providing paper bags – which they should. In fact, Ainslie IGA used to do exactly that, only a few years ago.

While I would like to agree with the statement that Canberra’s plastic bags do not end up in the ocean – I’m not so sure about that.

Just have a look at all the bags that were caught up in the trees downstream of the Scrivenir Dam after the floods we had a while back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them have ended up somewhere near Adelaide by now.

what_the 9:32 am 11 Sep 11

Himeno said :

The ACT government should be banned for doing something so stupid that no one wants.

I will now be forced to buy “green” bags should I need to buy something as I am leaving my place of work (woolworths).

Oh no, how will you live now??? How will you manage?? How did people ever live without plastic bags??

Lets start a revolution. We can storm the ACT Government bunkers using plastic bags over our heads as a symbol of our oppression. You go first.

Himeno 11:50 pm 10 Sep 11

The ACT government should be banned for doing something so stupid that no one wants.

I will now be forced to buy “green” bags should I need to buy something as I am leaving my place of work (woolworths).

averagejoeaussie 7:34 pm 03 Jul 11

My shop is simply not supplying any bags anymore. I tried to find the “compostable” bags the A.C.T. Government says is one of the allowed replacements but they (the A.C.T. Government) couldn’t tell me where to get them and I tried two different wholesalers who seemed to know less about it than I did. The easiest way fro my shop is simply to not supply any; as for the thicker bags being legal (plastic, paper or re-useable) they are, but I am not going to buy them at 3 to 5 times the cost of current bags……..

pengwingirl 6:51 pm 03 Jul 11

i use the garbage bags for my daughters bin in her room… her dirty nappies go in it. My mums work (she works at an outdoor school as a cook) they use them to put the kids apples & lunches in when the school has asked for a packed lunch… i can easily but garbage bags when there are no more left… but as for my mums work… i dunno, maybe bulky boxes?

Gerry-Built 12:39 pm 03 Jul 11

Coles already use biodegradable bags (recyclable as rubbish bags – and also for compost). All supermarkets provide reusable bags – and have done so for a least a couple of years. The idea is simply to remove the plastic variety now other (better?) options are available… simple enough…

Watson 11:24 am 03 Jul 11

glenenglish said :

Why can’t you plastic bag die-hards just be a bit more organised and take a bag with you ?

Ah,but the naturally organised will never understand the scatterbrained disorganised! I’m one of the latter. But I am not whingeing about the plastic bag ban. I do know that I will learn the hard way, by finding myself having to carry armfuls of groceries from the register to the bike again and again. Until I finally start to remember to put the bloody green bags back in the car/bike basket after I’ve unpacked them.

It really isn’t worth getting that worked up about, is it?

glenenglish 10:32 am 03 Jul 11

Why can’t you plastic bag die-hards just be a bit more organised and take a bag with you ?

Vision2010 9:14 pm 02 Jul 11

breda said :

“Ask you parents/grandparents what they did back in the day without these ‘bin liners’.”

My mother (who did not work outside the home) went shopping at least 3 times a week because she couldn’t carry it all in one go. And she didn’t have a car. Ah, happy times, eh, let’s all go back to the good old days – NOT.

It is worth pointing out that not only is this a free bonanza for the makers of bin liners, but that bin bags make no claim to being biodegradable.

And, if I find a sudden upsurge in dog poo all around the streets, I am blaming the Greens. Or perhaps some canny manufacturer will start making plastic doggy-poo bags to replace the shopping bags that responsible dog owners currently stuff in their pocket when taking Fido for a walk.

More stupid gesture politics to make a certain segment of the community feel even more smug and virtuous by inconveniencing the community at large.

If only Canberran dog owners would pick up after their dogs (for the most part). I know there’s a law about this – if only our guvmint was more enthusiastic about enforcing it than passing new, effectively redundant legislation…

Camden 4:31 pm 02 Jul 11

breda said :

“Ask you parents/grandparents what they did back in the day without these ‘bin liners’.”

My mother (who did not work outside the home) went shopping at least 3 times a week because she couldn’t carry it all in one go. And she didn’t have a car. Ah, happy times, eh, let’s all go back to the good old days – NOT.

Not sure how plastic bags have made groceries lighter, but whatever … back to the actual question – have you asked her what she did without bin liners?

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