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Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?

By Iain Morriss - 31 August 2009 26

An online discussion forum has just been launched by the ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water inviting the community to have a say about whether plastic bags should be banned, what alternatives there are and whether a levy should be applied to the use of bags. 

The site is at http://www.actplasticbags.net.au

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26 Responses to
Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?
Holden Caulfield 4:57 pm 31 Aug 09

#14 – I like that idea. Although it may not be suitable for larger families.

Igglepiggle 3:07 pm 31 Aug 09

Nope. But if the government really wants to do something about the volume that goes into landfill, they should collect our recycling bins weekly and the landfill bin fortnightly instead of the other way round! Would increase the volume of recyclables getting recycled.

barking toad 3:02 pm 31 Aug 09

Just got round to reading the comments by ‘Irritable’ on the site of Simon The Sad.

Pretty much sums up everything about this meaningless hippie gesture.

Thumper 2:57 pm 31 Aug 09

One gets the feeling that this is all just a lead up to the actual banning of plastic bags in the ACT.

harvyk1 2:17 pm 31 Aug 09

Here is the interesting thing, we reuse plastic bags around the house, either as bin bags, dirty clothing bags for when I travel (which is a lot), dog poo \ nappy bags, or a list of other uses.

Should plastic bags disappear my list of needs above will not change, instead I’ll simply be forced to purchase two bags, one for shopping, and one for the many uses above. Talk about giving the re-use idea the heav hoe…

emd 2:06 pm 31 Aug 09

Actually, there’s two kinds of biodegradable bags. The UV unstable ones are just plastic with a special additive. The truly biodegradable bags are made from cornstarch and are more expensive than epi (UV unstable) bags.

neanderthalsis 1:23 pm 31 Aug 09

Banning plastic bags is just another empty gesture that our quasi-socialist government will trot out to show their green credentials. The reality is that this will be played on a much bigger stage than in our little Peoples republic.

It’s like peeing yourself while wearing black trousers, you get a nice warm feeling, no-one else notices anything and all you’re left with is a lingering smell.

trevar 1:10 pm 31 Aug 09

Oh for goodness’ sake!

I would like to propose that every whimsical statute that is proposed by governments should require the abolition of a preceding whimsical statute.

Clown Killer 1:03 pm 31 Aug 09

Just mandate use of the biodegradeable type.

They’re not actually biodegradable just UV unstable so that they break down into smaller pieces – so there’s just lots of little pieces of plastic as opposed to a single bag – stops the dolphins eating them though.

The reality is that it’s just a token gesture that gives the latte-sipping leafy suburbs eco-mentalists something to feel warm and fuzzy about now that they don’t have the Democrats to vote for.

In reality it’s a waste management issue rather than there being anything inherently wrong with the bag itself.

James-T-Kirk 12:41 pm 31 Aug 09

Noooo —- What will I use to put the dog poo into?

barking toad 12:37 pm 31 Aug 09

Productivity Commission has already done this to death a few years back and determined the minimal positive environmental impact was far outweighed by the cost. In other words, a token gesture.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:13 pm 31 Aug 09

Just mandate use of the biodegradeable type.

Graham Cooke 12:01 pm 31 Aug 09

There are people in our community that love extremes. Their answer to anything like this is have a good old ban and force people to conform to their view of the world. I go to the supermarket with my green reusable bags but quite often what I have bought exceeds their capacity and I have to rely on the addition of a plastic bag. Why not ensure these bags are all biodegradable and charge me 10c for my lack of judgement? A gentle prod rather than the big stick.

lumnock 11:55 am 31 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Haha, someone is very irritable over there about the topic.

I can’t see that a ban will change my views on world peace, politics or the footy team I support.

It’s a bit of a non-issue isn’t it?

tidal waves start as ripples.

Holden Caulfield 11:16 am 31 Aug 09

Haha, someone is very irritable over there about the topic.

I can’t see that a ban will change my views on world peace, politics or the footy team I support.

It’s a bit of a non-issue isn’t it?

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