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  • published Submission to Recycling and Waste Bills 2020 in Latest 2020-09-16 13:38:49 +1000

    Submission to Recycling and Waste Bills 2020

    Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission to these important bills. They have the potential to bring Australia’s treatment of waste into a new era of recycling and build towards the circular economy. We particularly welcome clause 4 that embeds the precautionary approach in relation to protecting human and environmental health.

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  • South Australia bans single use plastic takeaway items – who’s next?

    With South Australia, the first state to ban key single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers - it’s now urgent other states also move on this plastic pollution, the Boomerang Alliance of 52 groups said today.

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  • Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - September 2020

    September 2020
     
     

    As we reported in March the coronavirus has taken a toll on plastic and waste reductions with the waste industry estimating a 20% increase in waste going to landfill, including extra plastics. That also means extra plastic litter in our environments.

    With many cafes refusing BYO coffee cups and concentrating on takeaway-only, the use of disposable plastic packaging also increased. The good news is that things seem to have stabilised now, and one good thing coming from the pandemic is a greater awareness about plastic pollution and the need to continue to change our bad plastic habits.

    Most action on single-use plastics tends to be taken by the States and Territories. To date all States and Territories, bar NSW (and this has been promised) have banned lightweight plastic bags. All States and Territories, bar Victoria and Tasmania (and both are planning to introduce) have a container deposit scheme operating. The Western Australian scheme will formally start on 1 October.

    Tackling plastic bags and container litter and waste was a first step. The next obvious step is dealing with other problem plastics, starting with takeaway plastic products.

    Our Plastic Round Up: What’s been happening around the country in the last few months

    South Australia has now introduced its plastic legislation with the government hoping it will pass through Parliament in September. The bill bans plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery and includes polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and containers. The intention is to have these products banned at the end of 2020.

    Queensland tabled legislation in June to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and bowls. The government hopes to have the legislation passed before October so that these items are banned by July 2021

    The Australian Capital Territory became the third jurisdiction to act when the government released an exposure draft of legislation to ban plastic stirrers, cutlery and polystyrene cups and containers. The legislation should be tabled in September.

    New South Wales released a public consultation paper on single use plastics in March. Over 15,000 submissions were received. Boomerang Alliance hopes to see similar legislation to the other jurisdictions announced this year.

    Western Australia went through a public consultation on single use plastics in 2019. We are expecting an announcement this year on legislation.

    Victoria is behind other States when it comes to addressing single-use plastics. A plastic bag ban is now in place, with a container deposit scheme set to be introduced in 2022/3. However, there is still no word on other single-use plastics.

    Tasmania acted early on lightweight plastic bags. A container deposit scheme is currently being designed to be introduced in 2022/3. Hobart City has acted to ban certain single use plastics, bit nothing at a State level yet.

    The Northern Territory introduced both a plastic bag ban and was the second jurisdiction to introduce a container deposit scheme, in 2013. We are unaware of any planned policies on other single use plastics yet

    The Boomerang Alliance is directly involved with all these jurisdictions. We want to see all problem single-use plastics either avoided and reduced, reused, composted or recycled.

    You can check out our Zero Plastic Pollution campaign on the website. This outlines our complete agenda on single-use plastics.

     
    WWF SCORECARD

    In July, WWF published their second scorecard to gauge progress on single use plastics in Australia.

     
    SUPTEMBER NEWS

    SUPtember: is a whole month dedicated to getting rid of Single Use Plastics (bad SUP’s) across Australia, as part of their Zero Plastic Pollution campaign - join in 30 days of actions, ideas and inspiration to tackle this significant part of plastic pollution. Be the change we want to see in the sea!

     
    CAMPAIGN UPDATES
     

    BYO CUPS UNDER COVID SAFE RESTRICTIONS

    One of the big concerns when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced was the likely increase in the amount of single-use packaging being used. Whilst not the only challenge, this included the fact that many cafes were refusing BYO coffee cups, thinking they were less safe than disposables.


    PLASTIC FREE PLACES

    The Boomerang Alliance Plastic Free Places program is now active in Cairns, Townsville, Byron, Adelaide and Perth. We have also completed a number of smaller pilot projects in Elsternwick and Mt Martha.


    PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP FOR PACKAGING

    In 1999 the plastic packaging recovery rate was 20%, in 2019 it was 16%. Australia has a Product Stewardship Scheme designed to reduce problem wastes. This, and the Packaging Covenant, have proved largely ineffective in dealing with plastic packaging.


    RECYCLING MODERNISATION PLAN NEEDS A 'BUY RECYCLED' PROGRAM

    In July the Commonwealth announced a $600m investment in recycling by government and industry. This followed the decision to ban the export of products and materials for ‘recycling’ overseas.

       
     
    STOP PRESS

    The Commonwealth Government has just tabled new waste legislation. The Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020 implements the announced ban on waste products for ’recycling’ overseas. Export bans will start in early 2021 with glass, followed by mixed plastics, tyres and paper/cardboard. The Bill also includes new arrangements for product stewardship. A list of products will be drawn up that will require published plans to be acted upon to meet government goals for resource recovery. These are recovering 80% of all wastes by 2030, significantly increasing recycled content in new products and phasing out problematic and unnecessary plastics by 2025.

    Boomerang Alliance has welcomed the export bans but does not believe that resource recovery targets will be met without mandatory targets on performance.    


     
    We would not have been able to do all these works without our supporters. Please donate so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.
     

     


  • published SUPtember News in Latest 2020-09-03 17:05:22 +1000

    SUPtember News

    SUPtember: is a whole month dedicated to getting rid of Single Use Plastics (bad SUP’s) across Australia, as part of our Zero Plastic Pollution campaign - join in 30 days of actions, ideas and inspiration to tackle this significant part of plastic pollution. Be the change we want to see in the sea!

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  • COMMUNITY GROUPS TAKE ON BEVERAGE GIANTS AS GOVERNMENT DECIDES WHO WILL RUN VICTORIA’S CONTAINER REFUND SCHEME

    Community and environment groups with hundreds of thousands of members in Victoria are mobilising to stop beverage giants Lion and Coca Cola from taking control of Victoria’s soon-to-implemented Container Refund Scheme (CRS).

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  • published SUPtember in Campaigns 2020-09-02 09:33:31 +1000

    SUPtember

    As part of the Boomerang Alliance Zero Plastic Pollution Campaign, we are launching SUPTEMBER! A whole month dedicated to getting rid of Single Use Plastics by inspiring and mobilising our supporters to take action. 

     

    TAKE ACTION

    SUPTEMBER CALENDAR

    Visit our SUPtember Calendar where every day for 30 days, you will be challenged to take a pledge or a small action to refuse Single Use Plastic items. If you have young children, you may like to visit the Ocean Action Pod SUPtember Calendar also, where your kids can challenge themselves to be Ocean Action Heroes. 

    If you're a busy person, just do what you can. Every small action matters!

    Take on the challenge


    SEND A GRATITUDE CARD 

    Are there cafes or restaurants in your local area who have done the right thing and got rid of single-use plastic cutlery/coffee cups/straws/take away containers? Send them Gratitude cards to let them know that their effort hasn't gone unnoticed and is much appreciated. They can stick it on their wall as a badge of honour too!

    The cards come in a pack of 10 or 25 and can be bought from our online store.

    Buy a pack of Gratitude cards | More Information & FAQs


    SEND A BE THE CHANGE CARD

    If your local cafes or restaurants are still using single-use plastic items, why not send them Be the Change cards to encourage them to switch to reusable or compostable alternatives. You can also point them to our Covid-19 Plastic Free Guide which will help them choose the right products. 

    The cards come in a pack of 10 or 25 and can be bought from our online store.

    Buy a pack of Be the Change cards | More Information & FAQs


    SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

    SA, QLD and ACT have earned congratulations for getting the ball rolling on SUP phase outs and need to keep up the momentum. But NSW, VIC, TAS, WA and NT are still not taking action in phasing out Single Use Plastics and we need your help to send them a message of encouragement!

    While you're at it, maybe attach a few photos of littered SUPs that you've picked up?

    Use our email template | Find the contact detail of your State Environment Minister

     

    RESOURCES

     

    REPORTS

     

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  • published SUPtember Cards FAQs 2020-08-26 17:28:45 +1000

    BOOMERANG ALLIANCE Good SUP, Bad SUP Cards - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     

    What are you trying to achieve with your SUP cards?

    The aim of our brand new SUP cards is to make it easy for community members to express gratitude to businesses making an effort to go Single-Use Plastic free or to politely encourage businesses who are still using Single-Use Plastics to make the switch to re-usable or compostable. Two good examples of Re-usable options include Green Caffeen and Globelet. Look for accredited compostable items that will have the Australian Standard AS5810 (home compostable) or AS4736 (commercial compostable) on the label.

     

    How do people use the SUP Gratitude Cards?

    If you know a local business that has taken action to reduce or remove Single Use Plastics (bad SUPs) eg plastic straws, plastic cutlery or polystyrene, simply give them a Boomerang Alliance 'SUP Gratitude card' with a personal thank you message and share the news with Boomerang Alliance and your friends on social media. These businesses deserve our support and are leading the way in what will hopefully become the norm and help put an end to plastic pollution.

     

    How do people use the SUP Be the Change Cards?

    If you know a local business that is using Single-Use Plastics (bad SUPs) eg plastic straws, plastic cutlery or polystyrene you can give them a Boomerang Alliance 'SUP Be the Change card' to encourage them to make the change to re-usable or compostable alternatives. The card has the Plastic Free Places website address on it to help them find out more about the alternatives and the greenwash products to be avoided. Check it out yourself: https://www.plasticfreeplaces.org/

    We know businesses like cafes and restaurants are busy places and staff don't usually have time for a chat so a card can be referred to later when they have time. If they receive cards from several people they will know their customers will support them taking action and appreciate their efforts to reduce plastic pollution.

     

    Can we make our own posters or signs to promote SUPtember?

    YES! We would love you to do that. You can download the front and back pages of the Gratitude card and the Be the Change card here (right click on the image and save it in your computer):

     

    Gratitude Card

     

    Be the Change Card

     

    What if Cafes receive several or lots of cards?

    Ideally that is exactly what will happen. In communities where the cards are available ....and the community is engaged in the campaign...Cafes may receive multiple cards. That's great! When they receive Gratitude cards the business might like to put them on display - the front of the card is thanking customers for their support and speaking in the Cafe/ businesses' "voice".

    If they receive multiple Be the Change cards then we hope that will be the encouragement that they need to re-think their next order of SUPs, look at the Plastic Free Places website, seek advice if needed and ask their suppliers for non plastic alternatives - knowing that their customers will notice and thank them for helping reduce potential plastic pollution.

     

    Can we send you some feedback or suggestions for using the SUP cards?

    YES! Your suggestions are most welcome. If you have come up with a good way to spread the bad SUP message please let us know so we can share it with others.
    You can email lisa.wriley@boomerangalliance.org.au with any feedback.

     

    BUY THE CARDS AT THE BOOMERANG ALLIANCE ONLINE STORE


  • published Plastic Free Townsville launched today in Latest 2020-08-06 12:44:32 +1000

    Plastic Free Townsville launches today

    The Boomerang Alliance Plastic Free Townsville program was officially launched today (6 August, 2020) by Queensland Minister for the Environment, Leeanne Enoch. The program is funded by the Queensland Government, and supports the State Government's agenda to eliminate plastic takeaway litter and waste.

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  • Container Refund Schemes - Charity and NFP Charter

    We believe that the primary objectives of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) should include:

    • Grow community benefits by providing sustainable income to charities and other NFP community organisations
    • Significantly reduce litter from beverage containers
    • Increase recycling of containers
    • Create new jobs and business opportunities in resource recovery
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  • published Reusable Containers 2020-06-29 09:18:10 +1000

    Reusable Containers

    Our aim is to rapidly accelerate adoption of reusable and refillable foodware and containers by product providers, business and consumers. Apart from avoiding single use plastics in the first place, the next best solution is to reuse containers. This eliminates waste and ensures containers stay in use for as long as possible.

    We have identified five scenarios on which to focus. Whilst food safety standards do prevent unmanaged reusable container use, properly designed services are available and active in Australia and around the world that show it can be done.

    The International Standard (ISO 1860:2013) outlines the requirements of reusable packaging to reduce its environmental footprint (compared to single use) and be designed to achieve a minimum number of trips or rotations.

     

    Our Goals

    1. Events

      • All public events to adopt reusable/refillable foodware policies that support reusables and, where possible, incorporate reusable/returnable container services into operations.

      • Every national, state, local jurisdiction should include reusable/refillable foodware policies for any events they manage or for any events that require permits or funding support (by 2021).

      • Reusable Foodware policies for events should be based upon a continuous improvement approach and initially focus on the use of reusable/returnable/refillable foodware provision by event organisers and vendors and the introduction of reusable/returnable containers for product transport by suppliers.

    2. Takeaway outlets

      • Food outlets allow/ initiate customer returnable/refillable services for takeaway food and drink

    3. Supermarkets/retail

      • Major supermarkets to introduce returnable/refillable container service for their customers to access delicatessen and identified other food services by 2021.

    4. Specific controlled environments

      • All government office precincts (that include food outlets) to introduce (or include in new or renewed vendor contracts) a requirement to allow/promote returnable/refillable foodware services or earlier with agreement of vendors. (Other office precincts are encouraged to implement similar requirements)
      • Other locations (e.g. universities, public institutions) to initiate returnable/refillable service and networks where under management control.

    5. Transport (ISO 22984)

      • Manufacturers, retailers and transport logistics companies can introduce reusable/returnable containers for bulk deliveries now. These should be introduced coupled with investment and research to investigate further reusable/returnable container use in the future.

     

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  • published Cut the Wrap 2020-06-29 09:17:24 +1000

    Cut the Wrap

    Our aim is to ensure that problematic and unnecessary single use plastic packaging is eliminated by supermarkets and other retailers. In keeping with the national target, all plastic packaging needs to be avoided where unnecessary or reused, composted or recycled.

    For any plastic packaged product to be labelled as reusable, compostable or recyclable, it must be able to demonstrate that it is indeed reused, composted or recycled.

    Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ensure this happens and the national packaging goals for 2025 are met.

     

    Our Goals

    • All retailers to phase-out excessive plastic packaging, firstly of fresh food and vegetables by 2021, followed by other non-putrescible and ‘brand’ products (continuous improvement).

    • Where packaging cannot be avoided, by 2021, switch to packaging that will be reused, composted or recycled based upon accepted standards, at scale, across multiple regions.

    • Take action to eliminate unnecessary single-use packaging items through re-design, innovation or alternative packaging by 2021

    • Phase out polystyrene within 3 months

    • Remove single use plastics from outdoor activities/picnic sections and replace with reusable/compostable alternatives (reusable/certified compostable coffee cups, cups, plates, other foodware)

    • Introduce plastic free aisles/areas for fresh fruit and veg

    • Encourage the use of reusable containers at the butcher, deli, etc. and charge for disposable containers by 2021

    • Negotiate with suppliers on their use of plastic packaging to eliminate unnecessary packaging

    • Set new requirements for internal bulk supplies that reduce plastic packaging waste through reusable/returnable supply containers and ensuring that all discarded packaging is composted or recycled

      Note: see Reusable Containers page for further information on standards

     

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  • published Policies for Action 2020-06-29 09:16:02 +1000

    Policies for Action

    Our aim is the introduction of legislation and financial supports to solve Australia's plastic pollution problems – creating a 'circular economy'. Action needs to be mainstream – not pilots and case studies that work at the edge of society and the economy.

    Like many jurisdictions around the world, Australia has committed to a target of all packaging being either reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025. Achieving this means focusing on avoiding and reducing unnecessary single use plastics; and reusing, composting or recycling the rest. The landfilling, incineration or energy recovery of plastic wastes is rejected by Boomerang and key experts and jurisdictions as part of a circular economy approach.

     

    Our Goals

    1. A strengthened Product Stewardship Act 2011 to specifically address plastic packaging and mandate national targets.

    2. Addressing greenwash labelling to ensure that all packaging labelled as reusable, compostable or recyclable will be reused, composted or recycled in practice and at scale.

    3. The phase-out of problematic and unnecessary plastics by supporting best practice legislation by state and territory jurisdictions, and continue the process, through continuous improvement, to deal with other problem plastics.

    4. A ban on the export of waste plastics, but coupled with the provision of Commonwealth and State investment in modernised composting and recycling facilities, and the setting of consistent recycled content procurement policies in all Australian jurisdictions.

    5. Ensuring circular economy principles, and practices are applied, in all national and state/territory waste policies and programs.

    6. The banning of plastic packaging from landfill, incinerators and waste-to-energy facilities before 2025 in all jurisdictions.

    7. Pressuring all jurisdictions to apply effective and consistent waste avoidance and resource recovery practices. This includes a particular focus on effective plastic bag bans (New South Wales and updating older laws in other states and addressing thicker bags) and best practice container refund schemes (Victoria and Tasmania).

    8. The introduction of a national/state-engaged Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan to address single use plastics in the home, away from home, in agriculture, in business and industry and in the marine environment, including a strategy of continuous improvement.

    9. Fund research into the extent, sources and impacts of plastics/micro-plastics on the environment and human and wildlife health. This should include the establishment of citizen science programs that add to scientific understanding and litter data collection.

    10. Increase funding support for marine and litter clean-ups. Support Commonwealth direct involvement and resourcing of global initiatives that reduce plastic use and litter generation. Assist regional neighbours with litter clean-up activities and economic development programs centred on plastics recovery and recycling.

     

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  • published Zero Plastic Pollution in Campaigns 2020-06-29 09:14:35 +1000

    Zero Plastic Pollution

    'At least 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year. By 2025 the oceans will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish and by 2050 more plastic than fish' - Joint EM Foundation/World Economic Forum Report Davos 2016

    Globally 95% of all plastic packaging is used once and then wasted, often as litter. In Australia we recycle 9% of plastic (with just 16% of plastic packaging recovered). The CSIRO reports that 'three-quarters of the marine debris found along our coastline is plastic, most from local sources.'

    According to the latest CleanUp Australia Report (2019), plastic represents 31% of all litter collected. Plastic bag litter remains unacceptably high despite state (with the exception of NSW) and supermarkets bans. Heavyweight plastic bags are still available in all states and territories.

    Virtually all of this discarded plastic does not decompose but, over time, ‘breaks up’ into ever smaller pieces (microplastics). The marine plastic problem is both about the plastic litter we can see and the plastic litter we can’t. It accumulates in the environment, year on year.

    Australia needs to solve this problem, urgently. Over the next 24 months to 2022 we will be campaigning for governments to implement the legal and financial instruments to achieve a significant reduction in plastic pollution.

    Source: Clean Up Australia Report, 2019

     

    Our goals

    • To transition to a zero-waste society by leveraging strategic opportunities to drive best practice resource efficiency, recovery and recycling.

    • To eliminate unnecessary and problematic single use plastics from use.

    • To cut 70% of Australia’s contribution to plastic pollution entering the oceans (before 2025).

     

    Our Five key programs



  • published NSW Plastics Plan 2020 in Latest 2020-04-27 15:50:22 +1000

    REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTICS IN NEW SOUTH WALES: HAVE YOUR SAY

    The NSW government has just released a discussion paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future Plastics in NSW. The paper seeks public views on what action NSW should be doing to address plastic pollution in the State. 

    discussion-paper-cover.jpgDid you know that 75% of marine debris found around the coastline of Australia is plastic, and comes from local land-based sources?

    The New South Wales Government has released its Cleaning Up Our Act- Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper. It is seeking your views on how plastic waste and litter could be reduced, with four outcomes:

    • The phase-out of single use plastics
    • Tripling the proportion of plastics recycled in NSW by 2030
    • Reducing plastic litter by 25% by 2025
    • Making NSW a leader in plastic research and innovation

    A welcome, long awaited promise is to phase-out lightweight plastic shopping bags (less than 35 microns thick, including those made from degradable and 'compostable' plastic).

    If you prefer to have the discussion paper read to you, Boomerang Alliance together with our allies have made a recording of the Discussion Paper Reading done in four parts which you can view below. 

     

    TAKE ACTION!


    ACTION 1: COMPLETE THE SHORT SURVEY

    The short survey should take about 5 minutes to complete - https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/short-survey  We have created a document for you to download as a guideline to help you complete the short survey. 

    ACTION 2: COMPLETE THE DETAILED SURVEY

    The detailed survey should take about 20 minutes to one hour to complete - https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/detailed-survey 

    ACTION 3: MAKE A SUBMISSION - download the template and adapt/send to plastics.plan@environment.nsw.gov.au

    Due by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020


    Submission template for individual

    I support urgent action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single use plastics in NSW, including:

    • A ban of lightweight plastic bags (including degradable and ‘compostable’ bags) in 2020
    • A ban on single-use plastic takeaway items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates/bowls, coffee cups/lids, containers and heavyweight plastic bags in 2021
    • An immediate ban on polystyrene cups, bowls and containers
    • An investigation into and future policies designed to reduce other single use plastics in the home, in retail, business and industry, agriculture and used in the marine environment

    [Your Name and address]

     

    Submission template for organisation

    We have put together a more comprehensive submission template for community groups and organisations. You can download the template and use it as it is (adding your group/organisation's name) or you can amend/add to the text as needed.

     

    NSW PLASTICS PLAN DISCUSSION PAPER READING

     

    PART 1

     

    PART 2

     

    PART 3

     

    PART 4


  • published Boomerang Alliance Newsletter March 2020 in Latest 2020-03-24 14:37:26 +1100

    Boomerang Alliance Newsletter March 2020

    Boomerang’s Director, Jeff Angel attended the National Plastic Summit recently and reports some momentum on action was evident, but current commitments are unlikely to be enough. Read about the 5 core actions we advocated and the updates on our other campaigns. Enjoy our latest newsletter!

     

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  • Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - March 2020

    March 2020
     
     

    Coronavirus aside we still need urgent and effective action to address plastic pollution, and Boomerang Alliance intends to continue its campaigning. It is important that governments act to reduce the spread and contain the virus, and, it's equally important that they act on plastics. Next year, we hope the virus will be a thing of the past, unfortunately plastic pollution won't be.

    The Plastic Round Up: What's been happening around the country to reduce Single-Use Plastics

    The good news is that a number of State and Territory Governments are starting to act. As a result, we expect some States and Territories to have brought in legislation or planned legislation by the end of 2020, to phase-out certain single use plastic takeaway items. It's not enough but it is a start.

    Here's our round up of what happening state-by state.

    South Australia is introducing legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery, including polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and containers. Assuming the legislation is passed, these items will be banned from 2021.

    The Australian Capital Territory has similar legislation to ban plastic cutlery, stirrers and polystyrene food and beverage containers by 2021 and, within 12 months of the legislation, barrier bags, oxo-degradable products and plastic straws.

    Queensland proposes legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates and following further analysis, coffee cups, cups and heavyweight plastic bags. Assuming legislation is passed, straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates will be banned from 2021

    New South Wales has just released a Public Discussion Paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW. The paper signals that, at last, the government is seeking to ban lightweight plastic bags. Otherwise the paper seeks public views of what action the government should be taking including the phase-out of single use plastics

    Victoria is starting to catch up with other States having recently introduced a plastic bag ban and now announced a container deposit scheme for 2023. A Sustainability Strategy was recently introduced but it remains unclear what the government intends to do about single use plastics

    Western Australia has banned lightweight plastic bags and introduced a container deposit scheme. In 2019 a Lets not draw the short straw Discussion Paper was published that asked for public views on banning single use plastics. Nothing has been announced on single use plastics since.

    Tasmania introduced a plastic bag ban in 2013 and now plans a container deposit scheme by 2023. Apart from the city of Hobart which is planning to ban single use plastic takeaway items this year, the State Government has not announced any intended action.

    Northern Territory has a ban on lightweight plastic bags and a container deposit scheme. The Territory was an early adopter on both measures. We are not aware of any further measures on single use plastics by the government.

    Boomerang Alliance is encouraged by the policies of South Australia, ACT and Queensland. Our campaign is aimed at getting the best possible legislation in place and urgently lobbying all other jurisdictions to follow suit. We want single use plastics, starting with the most littered takeaway items, banned as soon as possible right across Australia.

    We appreciate all your support in our campaigns for zero plastic pollution.

     
    CAMPAIGN UPDATES
     

    PLASTIC SUMMIT - OUR 5 CORE ISSUES

    Boomerang’s Director, Jeff Angel attended the National Plastic Summit recently and reports some momentum on action was evident, but current commitments are unlikely to be enough. Read about the 5 core actions we advocated.


    CASH FOR CONTAINERS – AUSTRALIA-WIDE!

    Our long running campaign for a national container deposit scheme (CDS), supported by thousands of people and dozens of environment groups has had great success with the last two states joining up.


     PLASTIC FREE PLACES

    Our program is now active in 5 communities across Australia (Adelaide, Byron, Perth, Cairns & Townsville). Combined (excl. Cairns & Townsville which commenced last month), we have eliminated over 5 million pieces of single-use plastic! 


    SUP NETWORK NEWS

    There are exciting developments around the country when it comes to changes in law to reduce Single Use Plastics (the bad SUPs, we love the good ol' Stand Up Paddleboard!). Find out what we are doing to lobby for change. 

       
     
    HAVE YOUR SAY - Reducing Single Use Plastics

    The New South Wales Government has released its Cleaning Up Our Act - Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper and the Queensland Government has announced plans to introduce legislation to phase out certain plastic products. 

    Take action now and email your submission, the more submissions that support a single use plastics phase-out, the more likely it is to happen.

        


     
    We would not have been able to do all these works without our supporters. Please donate so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.
     

     


  • Reducing Single Use Plastics in New South Wales: Have Your Say

    Did you know that 75% of marine debris found around the coastline of Australia is plastic, and comes from local land-based sources?

    The New South Wales Government has released its Cleaning Up Our Act- Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper. It is seeking your views on how plastic waste and litter could be reduced, with four outcomes:

    • The phase-out of single use plastics
    • Tripling the proportion of plastics recycled in NSW by 2030
    • Reducing plastic litter by 25% by 2025
    • Making NSW a leader in plastic research and innovation

    A welcome, long awaited promise is to phase-out lightweight plastic shopping bags (less than 35 microns thick, including those made from degradable and 'compostable' plastic).

    You can read the discussion paper and respond via their simple or longer survey at https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan - we encourage you to make a submission (closing date 8 May). You can make an individual submission by sending your views (key points below) to - plastics.plan@environment.nsw.gov.au.

    The more submissions that support a single use plastics phase-out, the more likely it is to happen. Please act as soon as possible.

     

    SUBMISSION TEMPLATE

    I support urgent action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single use plastics in NSW, including:

    • A ban of lightweight plastic bags (including degradable and ‘compostable’ bags) in 2020
    • A ban on single-use plastic takeaway items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates/bowls, coffee cups/lids, containers and heavyweight plastic bags in 2021
    • An immediate ban on polystyrene cups, bowls and containers
    • An investigation into and future policies designed to reduce other single use plastics in the home, in retail, business and industry, agriculture and used in the marine environment

     

    Your Name and address

     

    Back to March 2020 Newsletter page >>


  • published Mattress Recycling in Past Campaigns 2020-02-24 12:22:24 +1100

    Mattress Recycling

    End of life mattress recovery, recycling and refurbishment is a valuable activity that delivers significant environmental and economic benefits. For every tonne of used mattress material recycled there is an estimated 1.5tonnes of Co2‐e savings in greenhouse gas material and some 25M3 (cubic metres) of landfill space preserved.

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  • published Toxic Tyres in Past Campaigns 2020-02-24 12:04:56 +1100

    Toxic Tyres

    Did you know that a tyre dump on fire can burn for months and even years, spewing toxic pollution into the air?  Tyres are also the perfect habitat for disease carrying mosquitos, and have been implicated in the spread of dengue and ross river fever. Tyres are recognised internationally as one of the most hazardous wastes.

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