Plastic Bag Ban in Victoria
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Every year, over fifty million plastic bags end up in our natural environment which results in devastating effects on marine life, water systems and landscapes. This is pretty crazy when the average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes yet can last for around 1000 years! Plastic bags break up into smaller plastic pellets so they never really leave our ecosystems. This means that every single plastic item that you have ever used still exists today. We can’t keep adding more plastic to the ecosystem and we have so many options available instead of plastic bags. It's time to ban plastic bags.
An alternative to throw-away plastic bags are reusable plastic bags.
Reusable bags are designed to be used many times over which makes them stronger and more durable than limited-use plastic bags. Being made with stronger material, they can also hold more goods than a limited-use plastic bag can.
South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory all have state wide bans in place. Across Victoria there have been some towns and markets who operate plastic bag free. Torquay, Warburton, Frankston, Victoria Market, Veg Out Market St Kilda and all Melbourne Farmers' Markets are plastic bag free. We propose to have a state-wide ban in Victoria on throw-away plastic bags.
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