Ban the bag: NSW needs to act now for the environment's sake

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Australia is the second highest producer of waste in the world, preceded only by the US. Every year, we generate over 48 million tonnes of this waste, which is more than 2 million tonnes per person. One of the serious offenders is plastic bags. Australians use around 4 billion plastic bags every year - that’s a whopping 10 million or so each day. An estimated 50 million of these end up in our waterways and ocean. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. This plastic pollution is killing our marine life. 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested these plastic debris. We have to act now to clean up our seas. Luckily, to combat this, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT already have successful plastic bag bans in place for their retailers. Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland have also committed to banning these plastic bags by 2018. But New South Wales is behind the times. It’s time for them to step up and take plastic bags off the menu for our marine life.

 

 



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