The next few weeks are critical for increasing community pressure on the three states that are yet to commit to a ban on single use plastic bags before the annual environment ministers meeting held at the end of June.
We need your continued support to help increase community pressure on New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria to ensure that all Australian states commit to a ban. As part of our accelerating campaign in the runup to the meeting:
Please join the Twitter Storm on Tuesday 23 May (World Turtle Day) from 12pm till 1pm AEST.
A twitter storm is a tweet event where many people post at the same time on a topic using a designated hashtag in order to make the hashtag trend. This will be noticed by the state Premiers and also help spread the message through social media.
Please do not 'retweet' but instead copy/paste the suggested tweets or make up your own with #BanTheBag and #NoMoreExcuses hashtags and @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP and @DanielAndrewsMP. You can also attach pictures on littered bags.
The suggested tweets are:
The community is ready. Australia needs to #BanTheBag #NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP
Australia needs to #BanTheBag #NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP
We need to protect our oceans! It's time to #BanTheBag #NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP
#NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP We demand a ban on plastic bags! #BanTheBag
#NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP Stop killing our oceans! It's time to #BanTheBag
Do the right thing @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP #NoMoreExcuses #BanTheBag
Step up and #BanTheBag @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP #NoMoreExcuses
Plastic kills – help protect our oceans now! It's time to #BanTheBag #NoMoreExcuses @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP
Don't pass the buck @GladysB @MarkMcGowanMP @DanielAndrewsMP #BanTheBag
We need to ensure our oceans have a voice!
The next couple of months are critical for increasing political pressure to achieve a ban on plastic bags.
Plastic bags are only used for 12 minutes on average before they are thrown away! Many of them end up in our oceans and have deadly consequences for marine life for hundreds of years. It's time NSW, VIC and WA banned the bag!
We just can't afford to wait any longer and we have all the information we need to justify a ban. Four states have already phased out plastic bags, with QLD joining just recently. The upcoming environment ministers meeting in June 2017 is a key moment to put pressure on the current NSW, VIC & WA Government. The time to act is now!
You have the power to make a positive difference for our oceans and marine life and to engage with a topic you are passionate about. Your contribution would be an important part of our push on plastic bags in the coming weeks.
To help our oceans and make our message be heard add your voice today:
Your hard work is paying off! NSW, QLD, ACT and WA all have committed to introduce a deposit scheme on bottles and cans in the years to come. We now need your support to get Victoria to join them. It doesn't matter if you live in another state, taking action today will help protect our wonderful oceans and clean up Australia.Read more
The release of the Queensland Government’s Discussion Paper on a Container Refund Scheme (Cash for Containers) on February 18th, 2017 keeps the state on track to introduce the scheme in July 2018.
The consultation period ended on March 20th, and we would like to thank the 839 people who made submissions through our website. The government takes these very seriously and the information provided will help to design the scheme and influence how it will be implemented.
>> For further information on the scheme in Queensland, click here
>> To read our submission on the discussion paper, click here
>> To read our media release, click here
We are welcoming the change to the start date of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to the 1st of December 2017 as good policy and congratulated the government on listening to the many requests for more time to rollout a better serviced scheme.
The Queensland State Government has announced a plan to ban on lightweight, single-use plastics bags by 2018, and this includes degradable and biodegradable bags, which are no better for the environment than standard plastic bags.
A public discussion paper was released late 2016, with a deadline of 27th February 2017. The response from the public was overwhelming, with the government receiving over 26000 submissions, sending a clear message that the people want action on plastic bags.
Not only that, but the submissions also made it very clear that plastic bags are just the start, and further needs to be done to reduce plastic litter. We are told by government insiders that this is being taken very seriously.
Our heartfelt thank you to everyone who made a submission!
>>To read our submission on the discussion paper, click here
>>For further information on plastic bags, click here
2016 was a successful year! Wins on container deposits and microbeads; movement on single use plastic bags; and release of our Marine Plastic Pollution Plan. Working with our 45 allies and thousands of supporters. Check out our Report on 2016 and plans for 2017.
Last week we held two event nights at Melbourne and Brisbane where we launched our draft Threat Abatement Plan to reduce 70% of Australia's plastic pollution entering the ocean by 2020. The night's were a combination of in-depth policy content by Dave West who has championed the campaign, Toby Hutchinson our Queensland Manager, Jeff Angel and guest speakers Chris Wilcox a research scientist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Susie Crick, Winter Vincent and Pacha Light from the Surfrider Foundation who spoke about the urgent need to for action to protect our oceans.