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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. 

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Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?
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VITURE 11:11 pm 03 Sep 09

Really won’t make much of a difference if we are not given plastic bags at checkouts, as per pollution

damien haas 8:13 pm 03 Sep 09

rant mode on

today i was asked if i wanted to pay an extra 20 cents for a bag in officeworks, to cart away the 55 dollars worth of small stationery items. i then engaged in a pointless discussion on why cant they give me a bag since i just spent 55 dollars, and where is the sign saying i need to buy a bag or bring my own.

if i KNEW a bag was needed, i would have taken my briefcase in, and loaded it up on the way out.

very irritating. 20 cents isn’t that much in the grand scheme, but i object to being stung for extra revenue. i doubt a plastic bag costs 20 cents. im sure retailers are hoping that the govt encourages a ‘pay for bag’ policy.

what a crock. i read the productivity commission report last time this was debated on RA.

im off for a bex and a lie down.

Katietonia 1:18 pm 03 Sep 09

They should just make it like most places in Europe.. you have to pay for a bag, after awhile I did start bringing my own.

Vonbare 4:37 pm 02 Sep 09

I don’t know about banning them all together – but perhaps a 20 or 30c charge would be enough to make most people use reusables.

The Rep of Ireland introduced a 15c (Euro) in 2002 and it reduced bag consumption by over 90%. The money raised from this was then spent my the government on environmental projects.

sepi 1:22 am 01 Sep 09

You can use any old plasticbag to clean up after a dog – like a breadbag, or the bags magazines come in.
It doesn’t have to be a shopping bag.

I’m amazed at how passionately attached people are to their plakky bags.

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