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How you can fight the ACT Government’s Bag Ban

By Mr Gillespie - 9 February 2012 189

Are you sick of having to pay for your own shopping bags these days because of the ACT Government’s Plastic Shopping Bag Ban? I am looking for ideas to send Simon the message that we will not accept decisions about shopping bags being forced down our throats each and every time we go to the corner shop to get the groceries.

Despite what Labor and the Greens say, this ban is not about saving the environment. It is about penalising people financially for using plastic shopping bags, much like how Julia Gillard is penalising people financially, with her Carbon Tax.

I apologise in advance for sounding stupid when offering my own ideas, but I am happy to hear from anyone here on RiotACT who has better ideas on how to fight this menace before we finally get the chance to ‘bag’ the bag banners once and for all, at the October 2012 election.

Here are some of my own ideas:

  • Bring your own “reusable” bags, but display protest messages about how disgusted you are with the ACT Government’s shopping bag ban, and a reminder about the October 20 election
  • If you haven’t brought your own bags, wait for the shop assistant to finish pricing all your groceries and you are ready to pay, before they ask you if you want any bags. Don’t accept the assistant’s question about wanting to “buy” any bags. Instead, refuse to pay for your shopping, and leave all items at the checkout counter.
  • Find a shop that hands out free bags (they can be paper bags, they don’t even have to be plastic). Refuse to accept having to pay for shopping bags.
  • Shop in Queanbeyan (sounds a bit silly, and not cost-effective if you don’t live in that side of Canberra)

I have also tried talking to a (Liberal-voting) high-profile Canberra store manager, and offered a petition, but he didn’t sound very optimistic and said I would need a huge number of signatures if I was to hope to make any difference, because the current Assembly has too many numbers supporting the ban. He suggested going on ABC Radio 666 in the morning when MLAs are likely to be listening on their way to work, and waiting for a related topic to come up.

What NOT to do (apart from the obvious):

  • Don’t carry green-coloured bags around, or display any bag that bears “save the planet” or other environmental propaganda messages
  • Don’t pay the shop assistant for any bags, or allow yourself to be tricked into buying any bags
  • Don’t fall for the ACT Government’s environmental reasoning behind the ban

Remember — this is about our rights not to be bossed around by the ‘Nanny State’ like this. The Green’s agenda is all about trying to control our lives whenever they see a reason that has to do with “saving the environment”. They don’t care about basic facts like the ACT is a small, landlocked state away with very, very little access to the open ocean where the world’s waste collects into gyres like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They don’t take into account the fact that there are a whole lot of other things made of plastic or something else non-biodegradeable that goes to waste in mass quantities. The Greens can reason all they like, but it doesn’t alter the fact that their policies intrude into our day-to-day lives to unacceptable levels.

Does it worry you what they will do next? The Greens-run Gold Coast City Council banned helium balloons. Do you want the same thing happening here?

[ED – more than usually, the poster’s views are their own]

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189 Responses to
How you can fight the ACT Government’s Bag Ban
trevar 10:18 am 09 Feb 12

Is it really that difficult to keep a stash of bags in your boot? Surely, if you’re that lazy, the dole payment you get from the gubmint should cover the cost of the bags they’re making you buy?

Erg0 10:12 am 09 Feb 12

I must admit to an involuntary expletive every time I see the “Saving the Plant, One Bag at a Time” signs in Coles. At the end of the day, though, this just is just another entry into my “arguably stupid things that just aren’t worth getting worked up about” file.

chewy14 9:50 am 09 Feb 12

I actually like the ban now that it’s in place.

I get to buy much thicker and reliable plastic bags for about one tenth of a percent of what I’m spending at the shops.

Sure it’s probably hurting the environment more with these new, thicker plastic bags but that’s what the ban was for wasn’t it?

grundy 9:43 am 09 Feb 12

“much like how Julia Gillard is penalising people financially, with her Carbon Tax.”

Sorry, couldn’t keep reading after this…

madamcholet 9:36 am 09 Feb 12

Too much to respond to here. But basically, go and find a real problem. I don’t think persecuting the cashiers is going to work – you’ll probably end up being ejected from the shop and forfeit your goods into the bargain.

They have been charging for bags in Target for ages and the world has not fallen in.

Eyl 9:34 am 09 Feb 12

I never really saw plastic bag floating around the streets anyhow. I see bottles more than anything else. Isn’t it law that if you require assistance to have items taken to your car they have to help? or is that just a rumor?

Ben_Dover 9:33 am 09 Feb 12

If you haven’t brought your own bags, wait for the shop assistant to finish pricing all your groceries and you are ready to pay, before they ask you if you want any bags. Don’t accept the assistant’s question about wanting to “buy” any bags. Instead, refuse to pay for your shopping, and leave all items at the checkout counter.

An idiotic idea. Why p!ss off the checkout girl,, create more work for them, p!ss off other customers would would have to wait, and create antipathy to your, “campaign?”

Oh, and why not get a life instead?

Sharkie44 9:33 am 09 Feb 12

Mate, what is the big deal about taking reusable bags with you to the supermarket? I honetly don’t get it. I agree that it is probably not going to solve all the worlds environmental issues, but if it means that it will dramatically reduce the number of plastic bags blowing around the streets, in waterways, less pollution from production of the billions of plastic bags that are made every year, then they are good enough reasons.
I think the whole attitude of “lets fight this” is just a selfish attitude towards “no one is gonna tell ME what to do”… Honestly, just get into the habit of grabbing your bags when you also grab your shopping list, wallet, keys, etc, to go to the shops… ALDI customers have been doing it for years…

Thumper 9:29 am 09 Feb 12

The bag ban is undoubtedly a feelgood, do nothing policy, however, it costs 10-15 cents to buy a bag.

In the whole scheme of things this is nothing.

Just buy them.

RedDogInCan 9:29 am 09 Feb 12

“I apologise in advance for sounding stupid when offering my own ideas”

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.– Mark Twain (1835-1910)

MonarchRepublic 9:25 am 09 Feb 12

They don’t care about basic facts like the ACT is a small, landlocked state away with very, very little access to the open ocean where the world’s waste collects into gyres like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They don’t take into account the fact that there are a whole lot of other things made of plastic or something else non-biodegradeable that goes to waste in mass quantities. The Greens can reason all they like, but it doesn’t alter the fact that their policies intrude into our day-to-day lives to unacceptable levels.

Oh good grief! Where to start?

So are you trying to say that bags in the ocean are the most significant problem caused by the proliferation of plastic bags? And if so, that therefore we shouldn’t be so worried?

Of course there are many other things made of plastic. But if we use the argument ‘other things are bad too, so don’t change this’, change can never occur for the better.

Oh, but a helium balloon ban?!?!? Won’t someone think of the children!!

Duffbowl 9:22 am 09 Feb 12

“If you haven’t brought your own bags, wait for the shop assistant to finish pricing all your groceries and you are ready to pay, before they ask you if you want any bags. Don’t accept the assistant’s question about wanting to “buy” any bags. Instead, refuse to pay for your shopping, and leave all items at the checkout counter.”

“Shop in Queanbeyan (sounds a bit silly, and not cost-effective if you don’t live in that side of Canberra)”

So, penalise shopkeepers for a decision that was out of their hands? Way to support local business…

NoniDoll 9:22 am 09 Feb 12

I’m actually completely cool with the plastic bag ban. Yeah, I often forget my green bags, and as a non-driver, not having bags makes things difficult.

But maybe instead of saying, “WE WANT FREE PLASTIC BAGS BACK!” and being jerks to those working on checkouts, we could try, “Can I please have a *paper* bag?” I think that’s the only problem with this ban – there’s no free alternative for those without cloth bags on them. If the demand is there, I’m sure stores will be glad to oblige.

Last time I went shopping, I asked the fruit & veg department for one of their empty boxes to carry my gear in. Worked a treat! Maybe give that a go? After all, you’re saving someone just taking it to the compactor.

Relax. We survived in the years before plastic bags, and by thinking outside the square, we can do so again.

Love from a 22 year old who doesn’t remember the time before plastic bags.

Jetsam 9:18 am 09 Feb 12

“I apologise in advance for sounding stupid when offering my own ideas”

Simple, but I like it.

aidan 9:16 am 09 Feb 12

Life must be pretty good if this is the worst thing happening to you.

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