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  • 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

     

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  • 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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  • published Past Campaigns in Campaigns 2020-02-24 11:55:06 +1100

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  • published Plastic Free South Australia Project Launch in Latest 2019-12-17 12:23:19 +1100

    Plastic Free South Australia Project Launch

    On Saturday 14th December 2019. Hon. David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water, launched the Plastic Free SA project.

    At the launch, South Australia’s first 'Plastic Free Champion' Brick + Mortar Creative, was identified using the Boomerang Alliance's Plastic Free Places guidelines. On hand with the Minister was Boomerang Alliance Director, Jeff Angel, Taryn Hansen, Plastic Free SA Coordinator and Elizabeth Donaldson, Brick + Mortar Creative Director.

    Plastic Free Champions are those cafes who have eliminated plastic coffee cups/lids, straws, foodware (cutlery, cups etc), takeaway containers, thick plastic bags and plastic water bottles. They provide reusable foodware instead, and where they can’t, 100% certified compostable packaging.

    The Minister also took the opportunity to release the draft Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2019 for public comment. This proposes a ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery and certain other single use plastics in South Australia. Comments are sought by 7 February 2020.

    https://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/plastics

    Download the media release from Hon David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water

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  • Expanding Container Deposit Schemes

    A Boomerang Alliance Backgrounder.

    A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) or refund scheme is in place or planned in all states and territories - except Victoria. Boomerang Alliance continues to campaign for this to change in Victoria.

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  • A National Plastic Pollution Reduction Strategy

    A Boomerang Alliance Backgrounder.

    According to global data, 95% of single use plastic packaging is used once and then thrown away[1]. This single use plastic includes takeaway packaging. It also includes products used in horticulture, in industry and in the marine environment. Whilst many governments are getting more active on restricting plastic bags and some takeaway packaging, many other forms of single use plastics are going under the radar.

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  • A Ban on Thick Plastic Carrier Bags

    A Boomerang Alliance Backgrounder.

    The ban on lightweight plastic bags in Australia, except NSW has had a significant impact on litter and consumer behaviour.

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  • MEM 2019: Boomerang Alliance Letter of Recommendation to the Environment Ministers

    Australia's environment ministers will be meeting in early November to agree on an action plan and Boomerang Alliance sent a letter of recommendations to the ministers.

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  • published 2019 Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) 2019-10-26 00:32:32 +1100

    SAVE RECYCLING & STOP PLASTIC POLLUTION 

    On Friday 8 November the Commonwealth and State/Territory Environment Ministers are meeting in Adelaide to decide the future of recycling in Australia and discuss urgent action on plastic pollution. There has been a lot of talk so far and as these meetings only happen twice a year - the community and the environment need to see results.

    What Boomerang Alliance wants from Environment Ministers to Save Recycling and create a Circular Economy:

    • Action on the national ban on the export of mixed waste and contaminated recyclables and commitment to investment in domestic recycling.
    • Agreement on procurement policies for recycled content in products by government and business, that will create a market for recyclables, particularly plastics.
    • Expand all state/territory Container Deposit Schemes to include wine and spirit containers and potentially refillable containers; a requirement that all collected containers have significant recycled content from 2023; and consideration of an increase in the deposit on containers to 20 cents by 2023 if best practice targets not met.
    • An enforceable product stewardship scheme for packaging that sets mandatory requirements to minimise virgin materials and toxicity, and ensure it is designed for easy and economically viable recovery (for reuse, composting or recycling).

    What Boomerang Alliance wants from Environment Ministers to Stop Plastic Pollution:

    • A Plastic Bag Ban (com'on NSW) and Container Deposit Scheme (wake-up Victoria) in each State.
    • A national phase-out of thick plastic bags by 2021.
    • A phase-out of single use (non-compostable) takeaway packaging, including coffee cups/lids, straws, cups and containers, cutlery, bags and plastic bottles, by 2021.
    • Support for a National Plastic Pollution Reduction Strategy to attack other sources of plastic harm.

    Check out our letter of recommendations to ministers here.

     

    WANT TO KNOW MORE?

    Boomerang Alliance is posting a series of blogs on our key goals and we will have updates on ministerial responses; other developments prior to and from the November meeting.  Also keep track of the campaign on Facebook.

    > Follow Boomerang Alliance Meeting of Environment Ministers 2019 Blog

    After each meeting Environment Ministers release a communique which you can see here. - you can check out the result from 8 Nov here.

     

    WANT TO DO MORE?

    Take a photo of yourself with a recycled product you have bought or found (in a store), use the hashtags #buyrecycled #circulareconomy, tag and message us on Facebook or send an email to lisa.wriley@boomerangalliance.org.au before Tuesday 5/11/19. We will share these images on our Facebook page in the days leading up to the Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) and with the Federal and State Environment ministers before the MEM on Friday 8/11/19. See example below.

    SOCIAL MEDIA 'HANDLES'

    When you use these in your posts or tweets it also goes to the person whose 'handle' you use:

    • Sussan Ley
      Twitter: @sussanley
      Facebook: @SussanLeyMP

    • Trevor Evans
      Twitter: @TrevorEvansBne
      Facebook: @trevorevansbne

     

    YOU CAN SEND AN EMAIL TO THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS


  • Cairns And Townsville Become 'Plastic Free Places' To Try Save The Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is not only one of the wonders of the natural world, it supports 64,000 jobs in Queensland. But that natural wonder is under serious threat, not just from climate change, but also from plastic pollution.

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  • Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - September 2019

    September 2019
     
     

    Last week I met the new (federal) Assistant Minister for Waste Minimisation, Trevor Evans along with industry reps to discuss the ban announced by the PM on the export of plastic, glass, tyres and paper.  There's no doubt this is a major policy redirection from the inadequate and time wasting institutional responses seen so far and is the first time waste and recycling have come to the fore for heads of government. 

    We and most of industry are on the same page pushing for - recycled content rules; robust product stewardship for packaging; new investment in local reprocessing; and a ban on single use plastics.  There's still disagreement about waste incineration.  Nevertheless, the potential for state/federal agreement with a meeting of minds amongst active state and federal environment ministers is significant.  Undoubtedly we have a crisis that requires bold and concrete responses.  During the meeting the Minister assured me that they wanted to announce a date for the ban to take effect (possibly legislated) and that meant there must be for the various exported wastes causing pollution and damage overseas, a viable domestic recycling market. 

    South Australia is leading the way building on its already impressive recycling record with a phase out of single use plastics planned for next year.  They are also working with Boomerang Alliance on retail precincts to help businesses adjust to new compostable products or reusables. 

    This is in stark contrast to Victoria which appears set on a landfill/incineration path as it confronts a crisis of its own making - failed regulatory and policy responses that allowed dangerous stockpiles to develop and kerbside recyclate being sent to landfill. And of course that state continues to resist container deposits, even though a CDS will financially support kerbside and deliver clean, high value glass, metal and plastic for new products.   

    Australia's environment ministers will be meeting in early November to agree on an action plan.  There have been false dawns before, but this time there is cause for optimism.  We will be working hard to make sure this is not an opportunity lost.

    Check out our recommendations to ministers here

     

    Jeff Angel
    Director

     
    CAMPAIGNS
     

    CIRCULAR ECONOMY RULES

    Recycling is not just putting materials into the yellow bin – we need to create demand for products made out of those materials otherwise recycling doesn’t work and Councils are faced with stockpiles of materials with no markets. Nobody likes to hear about recyclables going to landfill!


    IS WASTE TO ENERGY A SOLUTION?

    There is robust evidence that waste to energy (WtE) plants will harm future recycling and is likely to produce dangerous air pollution. Mixed waste incinerators are far more complex and dangerous that the more-simple WtE types such as those that use homogenous sources (eg bagass) or anaerobic digestion.


    VICTORIA - ASLEEP ON CDS

    We aren’t sure what will wake Victoria up from its comatose reluctance to agree to a container deposit scheme – but we won’t stop trying. We are planning more local actions – eventually the Victorian government will see the wisdom in introducing cash for containers. 


     PLASTIC FREE PLACES

    Our Plastic Free Places (PFP) program is gathering momentum with the commencement of our fourth community project in Adelaide in August, adding to our work in Noosa, Byron and Perth - with more to come.


    PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP AMENDMENT BILL

    Boomerang Alliance has welcomed the introduction of the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 by the Australian Greens as an important contribution to solving the nation’s plastic recycling crisis and reducing plastic pollution. It is now subject to a Senate Inquiry.

       
     
    Stop Plastic Pollution from Learner & Provisional Driver Plates

    Plastic "L" (Learner) and "P" (Provisional) driver plates can often be seen in NSW on the roadside and in the gutters as they too easily fall off cars. Boomerang is calling on the government to change the requirement for Learner and Provisional plates to only be on the exterior of the the vehicle and to stop distributing low quality plastic plates as many of them end up on the roads only to be washed down the stormwater drains, becoming plastic pollution. ACT only specifies the colour and size; Queensland offers a downloadable template; and SA sells 'see-through plates' for inside the car window.


     
    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.
     

     


  • Stop Plastic Pollution from Learner & Provisional Driver Plates

    Plastic "L" (Learner) and "P" (Provisional) driver plates can often be seen in NSW on the roadside and in the gutters as they too easily fall off cars. Boomerang is calling on the NSW government to change the requirement for Learner and Provisional plates to be on the exterior of the vehicle only; and to stop distributing low quality plastic plates which too often end up on the roads, which are then washed down the stormwater drains, becoming plastic pollution.

    We are confident that the NSW government can offer better options. Even the cardboard L plates issued in the 1980's would be better. Durable plastic that could be passed from Learner Driver to Learner Driver or perhaps come up with a whole new idea such as recycled and recyclable aluminium plates!

    Queensland offers a downloadable template; SA sells 'see-through plates' for inside the car window; ACT,  WA, Tasmania and Victoria simply require: "You must display L-plates so they are clearly visible from the front and back of the car you are driving." Magnetic plates, plate display brackets and plate clips are also available in most states and territories.

    This is an easily preventable form of plastic pollution - and with your support, we look forward to NSW taking action to prevent it.

    THESE ARE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW THAT WE WANT THIS PLASTIC POLLUTION STOPPED! 

    1. SIGN OUR PETITION

    Boomerang Alliance is calling on the NSW government to change the requirement for Learner and Provisional plates to be on the exterior of the the vehicle only and to stop distributing low quality plastic plates. Please sign our petition on the right hand side of this page.

    2. POST-A-PLATE

    We encourage you to send any "L" or "P" driver plates that you find to Minister for Customer Service The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Transport and Roads The Hon. Andrew Constance MP or Minister for Energy and Environment The Hon. Matt Kean MP, with a note asking for a change in the law that currently requires them to be on the exterior of the vehicle. Below are a couple of sample notes to give you an idea of what to write.

    Wrap the plates in scrap paper, address them, stick on a stamp and send them to:

    The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP
    Minister for Customer Service, NSW Government
    GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY NSW 2001

    The Hon. Matt Kean, MP
    Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government
    GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY NSW 2001

    The Hon. Andrew Constance, MP
    Minister for Transport and Roads, NSW Government
    GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY NSW 2001

     

     

    Sample note 1

    Dear Minisiter Dominello,

    Freebie plastic "L" and "P" plates given out at Service NSW locations are creating plastic pollution as they regularly fall off vehicles, onto the road and wash into stormwater drains. Please change the law that requires them to be on the exterior of the vehicle (other states eg. SA allow internal "see through" versions) and RE-THINK the cheap brittle plastic they are made of. We can do better than this.

    Kind regards,
    (name)

    (don't forget to add your return address so that the minister can write back to you)

     

    Sample note 2

    Dear Minister Matt Kean,

    I am sick of seeing lost "L" and "P" plates on the road. They break into lots of little pieces of plastic and wash down the stormwater drains. Please RE-THINK the design of these plates - free "L" plates could be cardboard; "P" plates could be aluminium - totally recyclable! I will keep posting them to you until we get something better in NSW.

    Look forward to hearing of a change.

    Kind regards,
    (name)

    (don't forget to add your return address so that the minister can write back to you)

     


    Information on Learner and Provisional plates display in other states

    State/Territory External only Internal assumed Not specified Materials
    Western Australia     x Printable
    South Australia   x x See-through plates for sale
    Northern Territory     x  
    Tasmania     x  
    Victoria   x    
    New South Wales x     Plastic freebies
    Australian Capital Territory     x  
    Queensland     x Downloadable template

     

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    Boomerang Alliance is calling on the NSW government to change the requirement for Learner and Provisional plates to be on the exterior of the the vehicle only and to stop distributing low quality plastic plates as many of them end up on the roads only to be washed down the stormwater drains, becoming plastic pollution. 

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