The Boomerang Alliance has contacted people (see below) to support NSW repeating Western Australia’s recent ban on plastic bags.
Randwick City Council has the following motion going to the next Local Government NSW conference this year.
“Motion: In light of the limited impact on packaging waste achieved by the Australian Packaging Covenant, that councils call on the state government to review Part 8 (Recycling of Consumer Packaging) of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014. The review should aim to achieve real impact on packaging waste generation, single use packaging and packaging recyclability across the state.”
- Email received by Greens Councillor Murray Matson from Boomerang Alliance
We have some exciting news Murray!
Yesterday Premier Mark McGowan announced that Western Australia will ban plastic bags from July 2018. A time frame has also been given for Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme on bottle and cans. It is expected to start on 1 January 2019.
Queensland is also making excellent progress on these issues. The QLD Parliament has unanimously passed the container deposit and plastic bag ban law. Bags including biodegradables will be banned in mid-2018 and the Container Deposit Scheme will start at the same time.
Community pressure works and together we are unstoppable! These measures are HUGE steps away from plastic pollution and toward cleaner oceans. They will reduce litter, increase recycling and protect marine life.
NSW and Victoria are the only two remaining states without a ban on single use lightweight plastic bags despite a strong support from the community and businesses and countless benefits for the environment.
WA Premier McGowan has publicly encouraged New South Wales and Victoria to follow Western Australia’s lead and called on the NSW Premier to “get up with the times”.
We are almost there!
Jeff Angel and the Boomerang team