The end comes for plastic bags

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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zllauh zllauh 2:53 am 28 Apr 15

that is really good !
at least a few steps have been taken towards sustainable development rather than those political talks !

fragge fragge 10:51 am 30 Jun 11

I think this law was pushed purely because the Greens know that the majority of their demographic are young, inner-city trendies that demand cooler and cooler designer shopping bags to be seen with when they’re buying frozen meals. Or this could be a brilliant move by the Labour party to alienate the Greens – once the market is saturated with designer bags, their voters will have one less cool distinguishing feature to set them apart as part of their eco-friendly, shower-neutral counter-culture. Without that, what do they have left, really? The Prius? *golfclap*

fragge fragge 10:41 am 30 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

ACT – “The Nanny State”

The place where you can buy porn, fireworks and marijuana as easily as find a useless piece of public art, but don’t even THINK about having a cigarette in an area where people could hypothetically be eating food (forget that its 3am in the morning).

Thumper Thumper 8:42 am 30 Jun 11

I think I saw four horsemen in the clouds this morning feeding their horses.

Apocalypse anyone?

downindowner downindowner 8:35 am 30 Jun 11

Henry82 said :

nobody said :

The fact of the matter is people need plastic bags for daily use, and that isn’t going to change.

I’m pretty sure that people pre-dated plastic bags.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 3:41 am 30 Jun 11

dixyland said :

This is one of those things that make me regret voting for The Greens for most of my adult life. Bring back the Democrats! The other parties are idiots!

The only idiot is you if your comment is a serious one. I refer you to this quote:

“We call on Environment Minister Senator Ian Campbell to mandate a timeframe for phasing out plastic bag use, and ensure an end to this wasteful, unnecessary habit.”

– February 2005, Senator Andrew Bartlett (Australian Democrats)
http://www.democrats.org.au/news/index.htm?press_id=4392

So if the Democrats were calling for a ban by 2007, back in 2005… why should we bring them back?

Henry82 Henry82 12:30 am 30 Jun 11

nobody said :

Wow, just wow, you completely missed my suggestion to read about the seriousness of discarded plastics pollution before complaining too much about the ban. Oh well.

I’m not denying that plastic affects fish, im saying the damage is miniscule compared to other pollutants, and other regions. Also, afaik nobody actually eats the fish out of Burley Griffin. The fact of the matter is people need plastic bags for daily use, and that isn’t going to change. This stupid idea is only around because stanhope teamed up with the greens. The only thing it will do is annoy customers, and increase the cost of living because now we have to fork out money for plastic bags. You might think this is a great idea, but when you’re old, out shopping and dont have your hemp bags, dont look at me for help. Hippy.

Pelican Lini Pelican Lini 11:59 pm 29 Jun 11

Seeing the smug faces of Corbell and that millionaire Green MLA skiting about this ban on TV reminded me how much I loath modern day Labor and its new friends. Get out of my face, get off my back and get your filthy paws out of my pockets.

dixyland dixyland 10:03 pm 29 Jun 11

This is one of those things that make me regret voting for The Greens for most of my adult life. Bring back the Democrats! The other parties are idiots!

JC JC 9:01 pm 29 Jun 11

averagejoeaussie said :

I smell another typical knee-jerk reaction ala Alcopops tax, Economic Stimulus package, Insulation scheme, Carbon tax, etc etc. And you idiots wonder why we are cynical?

That’s what you get when the community votes in minority governments, especially with parties such as the greens. Just look at what is going to happen now the greens have control of the federal senate. At least the democrats had more sensible mainstream policies and were there to ‘keep the bastards honest’. With independents in control of the house and the greens the senate we are in for an interesting time with no bastard to keep the bastards honest. And we only have ourselves to blame.

nobody nobody 5:15 pm 29 Jun 11

Diggety said :

nobody said :

If only the plastic bags all made it to the tip, but they don’t, with our careless help they make it into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

If you knew even bits and pieces of chemistry, you would know that website is full of silly claims.

But then again, sheep aren’t hearded by facts and reasoning.

Try this page in wikipedia and see if it is “full of silly claims”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_pollution#Plastic_debris

nobody nobody 5:13 pm 29 Jun 11

Henry82 said :

nobody said :

If only the plastic bags all made it to the tip, but they don’t, with our careless help they make it into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

Wow. just wow. With a comment like that you must either be the ‘site owner’, or a 1st year arts student

You do realise the vast majority of plastic bags do in fact end up in landfill (or recycled), with a genuine use, like picking up dog shit, or being a bin liner. The ones that make it into storm-water usually find their way there due to people littering.

So you want to inconvenience 99.999% of people who dont litter? Perhaps we should ban any product with packaging because someone *might* litter. Or perhaps resort to genocide to reduce Aus’ carbon footprint? Maybe we should just sell all our possessions and live off the land?

Wow, just wow, you completely missed my suggestion to read about the seriousness of discarded plastics pollution before complaining too much about the ban. Oh well.

I like your idea of extending the ban further than just bags, but I don’t think banning products is necessary yet, but banning a lot of other excessive plastic packaging should also help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_pollution#Plastic_debris

Diggety Diggety 2:31 pm 29 Jun 11

nobody said :

If only the plastic bags all made it to the tip, but they don’t, with our careless help they make it into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

If you knew even bits and pieces of chemistry, you would know that website is full of silly claims.

But then again, sheep aren’t hearded by facts and reasoning.

dvaey dvaey 12:23 am 29 Jun 11

housebound said :

We have an excellent stockpile, and a few more days to gather more.

You can always cross the border and get your illegal plastic bags in Queanbeyan.

Henry82 Henry82 11:22 pm 28 Jun 11

nobody said :

If only the plastic bags all made it to the tip, but they don’t, with our careless help they make it into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

Wow. just wow. With a comment like that you must either be the ‘site owner’, or a 1st year arts student

You do realise the vast majority of plastic bags do in fact end up in landfill (or recycled), with a genuine use, like picking up dog shit, or being a bin liner. The ones that make it into storm-water usually find their way there due to people littering.

So you want to inconvenience 99.999% of people who dont litter? Perhaps we should ban any product with packaging because someone *might* litter. Or perhaps resort to genocide to reduce Aus’ carbon footprint? Maybe we should just sell all our possessions and live off the land?

nobody nobody 9:44 pm 28 Jun 11

Henry82 said :

nobody said :

Then after reading this, remember that this plastic ends up been eaten by fish, and then we eat those fish.

yep, The plastic frees itself from the garbage its wrapped around, then tunnels (great escape style) to lake Birley Griffin.

If only the plastic bags all made it to the tip, but they don’t, with our careless help they make it into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

nobody nobody 9:41 pm 28 Jun 11

2604 said :

nobody said :

Banning these bags won’t save Earth’s oceans, but it is at least a start. Before complaining too much about the personal inconvenience, please have a look at the extent of plastic pollution in our oceans.

http://www.5gyres.org/

Then after reading this, remember that this plastic ends up been eaten by fish, and then we eat those fish. What goes around comes around, so the plastic we dispose eventually comes back around.

Last time I checked there weren’t too many fish swimming around the Mugga Lane tip.

Off course there are no fish at the tip, but there are plenty of plastic bags in the lakes and creeks around Canberra. Just look at the storm water grates feeding into Lake Burley Griffin.

nobody nobody 9:39 pm 28 Jun 11

Thumper said :

Then after reading this, remember that this plastic ends up been eaten by fish, and then we eat those fish. What goes around comes around, so the plastic we dispose eventually comes back around.

Plastic eating fish. Now that’s pue unadulerated awesomeness.

Read how the plastic is ingested by the fish, and watch the video, then ask is this “awesomeness” or just plain bloody scary. http://www.5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem

2604 2604 7:38 pm 28 Jun 11

nobody said :

Banning these bags won’t save Earth’s oceans, but it is at least a start. Before complaining too much about the personal inconvenience, please have a look at the extent of plastic pollution in our oceans.

http://www.5gyres.org/

Then after reading this, remember that this plastic ends up been eaten by fish, and then we eat those fish. What goes around comes around, so the plastic we dispose eventually comes back around.

Last time I checked there weren’t too many fish swimming around the Mugga Lane tip.

Henry82 Henry82 7:25 pm 28 Jun 11

nobody said :

Then after reading this, remember that this plastic ends up been eaten by fish, and then we eat those fish.

yep, The plastic frees itself from the garbage its wrapped around, then tunnels (great escape style) to lake Birley Griffin.

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