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The end comes for plastic bags

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 71

Simon Corbell is reminding us that the lasting legacy of the Labor Green alliance, a ban on plastic shopping bags, comes into force on 1 July 2011.

The ACT Plastic Bag Ban applies to single use plastic shopping bags of 35 microns or less, which are generally the type distributed through supermarkets, grocery stores and takeaway food outlets.

The ban will not apply to a range of other bags including barrier bags, which are dispensed from a roll to hold items such as fruit, heavier retail bags especially those used in department stores, reusable ‘green’ bags, purchased bin liners, compostable bags that meet the Australian Standard, and paper bags.

Environment and Sustainable Development have a page for retailers.

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The end comes for plastic bags
zippyzippy 6:55 pm 01 Jun 11

mousie15 said :

Deref said :

If everyone else uses them as I do, i.e. as bin liners, won’t they just be replaced by heavier and more expensive plastic bin liners?

Agreed!! I really hope Woolies and Coles come up with a biodegradable bag solution that will be excluded from the ban… I doubt they will though 🙁 They’ll likely be rolling in more money with the ban as people will now have to buy their reusable bags and the supermarkets won’t have the cost associated with providing plastic bags. How fortunate… 😐

Yes you can get organic, decomposing bags like cornstarch bags. I’ve used them, work fine. They’re compostable too. So hopefully there will actually be a whole lot of plastic with much less nasty stuff.

Watson 6:44 pm 01 Jun 11

John Moulis said :

More empty-headed gesture politics to appease The Greens and give the government a warm and fuzzy “environmentally friendly” image. The media and green lobby invented urban myths about dead whales and dolphins being cut open and thousands of plastic bags spilling out, then there was that crap story with no basis in fact about a turtle which died supposedly by choking on a plastic bag.

What a pity pensioners and the less well-off always have to be the victims when the extremely powerful green zealots flex their muscles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch. Plenty of news stories on this that can be Googled too.

mousie15 said :

Deref said :

If everyone else uses them as I do, i.e. as bin liners, won’t they just be replaced by heavier and more expensive plastic bin liners?

Agreed!! I really hope Woolies and Coles come up with a biodegradable bag solution that will be excluded from the ban… I doubt they will though 🙁 They’ll likely be rolling in more money with the ban as people will now have to buy their reusable bags and the supermarkets won’t have the cost associated with providing plastic bags. How fortunate… 😐

Please not biodegradable bags! I was shocked when I watched the “Last chance to see” episode on Madagascar – a place I always wanted to visit because of the forests and wildlife – and was told that over 90% of the forests had been cut down to make room for plantations of some plant that was used to make biodegradable bag for the rich West! Biodegradable bags appear to be like bio-fuel: it just shifts the problem elsewhere.

Jethro 6:41 pm 01 Jun 11

I’ve been stockpiling the bastards since this announcement last year. Should get me through a couple more months before I have to start forking out for garbage bags and dog poo bags.

This is such a stupid regulation. If we have a problem with excessive land fill banning shopping bags isn’t going to solve it. Our entire society is based on consumption and the rubbish it creates. Let’s ban one of the only things we get for free and can reuse over and over while ignoring the fact that we are still going to be an incredibly wasteful people.

Oh well. At least someone can feel all warm inside knowing they made a difference.

mousie15 6:23 pm 01 Jun 11

Deref said :

If everyone else uses them as I do, i.e. as bin liners, won’t they just be replaced by heavier and more expensive plastic bin liners?

Agreed!! I really hope Woolies and Coles come up with a biodegradable bag solution that will be excluded from the ban… I doubt they will though 🙁 They’ll likely be rolling in more money with the ban as people will now have to buy their reusable bags and the supermarkets won’t have the cost associated with providing plastic bags. How fortunate… 😐

John Moulis 5:22 pm 01 Jun 11

More empty-headed gesture politics to appease The Greens and give the government a warm and fuzzy “environmentally friendly” image. The media and green lobby invented urban myths about dead whales and dolphins being cut open and thousands of plastic bags spilling out, then there was that crap story with no basis in fact about a turtle which died supposedly by choking on a plastic bag.

What a pity pensioners and the less well-off always have to be the victims when the extremely powerful green zealots flex their muscles.

Queen_of_the_Bun 5:19 pm 01 Jun 11

The Frots – the most useful purchase I ever made when I had dogs was a poo bag dispenser which clips on to the lead. Right size, right colour, right strength plastic and no unexpected holes that are so often in supermarket bags. You can get refills and, assuming you at least start the walk with your dog on a lead, you never forget to take a bag with you.

Even better, you can buy them from the RSPCA!

random 4:58 pm 01 Jun 11

The Frots said :

I’m the same withe greenie bags – tons of them and they really look great in the laundry cupboard.

So don’t leave them in the laundry cupboard, leave them in the boot of the car.

Skidbladnir 4:58 pm 01 Jun 11

Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010
A retailer commits an offence if—
(a) the retailer
(i) supplies a plastic shopping bag to a customer of the retailer; and
(ii) the plastic shopping bag is supplied for the customer to carry goods bought, or to be bought, from the retailer.
(b) the retailer fails to make an alternative shopping bag available for the customer to carry goods bought, or to be bought, from the retailer.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.

retailer means a person who sells goods in trade or commerce.

So, Westfield just becomes a supplier of shopping bags, not the stores themselves?
(Or you provide throwaway bags for customers the store next door, they supply throwaways for yours, and you half-heartedly wave customers towards the biodegradable bags)

Mysteryman 4:51 pm 01 Jun 11

It’s a pain in the ass, honestly. I shop as I need things – I don’t have set work hours and there is consequently no dedicated, regular shopping time. Carrying a supply of green bags that I have to purchase, just in case I go shopping, is not convenient.

Oh well. I’ll get used to it I guess.

affordable 4:38 pm 01 Jun 11

interesting the term single use, who doesn’t reuse the shopping bags for bin liners, rubbish, wet / dirty clothes, dog poo , etc, where as all the allowable bags have no other use.

I understood they decomposed quickly in sunlight at the tip

now I have to buy bags, Ok, but FFS what is achieved besides Glad bag profits

The Frots 4:15 pm 01 Jun 11

Watson said :

The Frots said :

This really sucks for the Frots! What are we to use now to pick up the dog poo……………? Those greenie bags just don’t cut it!

Eew, the Woolies/Coles bags always have holes in them! The veg/fruit bags are much better.

I really do try my hardest but I almost never remember to take my green bags to the store. Memory like a sieve and just generally disorganised. I had to stop buying more green bags as I have a huge stack already. And they rarely make it off the top of the fridge. But now I’ll be forced to train myself…

And we’ll be forced to train the dogs no doubt………!!! I’m the same withe greenie bags – tons of them and they really look great in the laundry cupboard.

Watson 3:55 pm 01 Jun 11

The Frots said :

This really sucks for the Frots! What are we to use now to pick up the dog poo……………? Those greenie bags just don’t cut it!

Eew, the Woolies/Coles bags always have holes in them! The veg/fruit bags are much better.

I really do try my hardest but I almost never remember to take my green bags to the store. Memory like a sieve and just generally disorganised. I had to stop buying more green bags as I have a huge stack already. And they rarely make it off the top of the fridge. But now I’ll be forced to train myself…

Deref 3:54 pm 01 Jun 11

If everyone else uses them as I do, i.e. as bin liners, won’t they just be replaced by heavier and more expensive plastic bin liners?

The Frots 3:36 pm 01 Jun 11

This really sucks for the Frots! What are we to use now to pick up the dog poo……………? Those greenie bags just don’t cut it!

zippyzippy 3:05 pm 01 Jun 11

It’s a good thing in the end, I think. Had to get rid of those billions of plastic suckers eventually.

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