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  • Give the gift of Plastic-Free this Christmas

    Many supporters contact Boomerang Alliance at this time of year seeking green ideas for Christmas. This year we have put our focus on gifts that can help you, your family and friends go plastic-free. We've chosen small, less expensive gifts  that help avoid single-use plastics when shopping, buying takeaway, at home or out-and-about.

    Check out our plastic-free gift guide that features our top ten gift picks.

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  • Thank you for taking action!

    Thank you for sending a message to the Environment Minister to act now on plastic pollution. Your support is very much appreciated and it makes a difference!

  • published NSW - Act Now on Plastic Pollution in Campaigns 2020-11-23 11:04:18 +1100

    NSW - Act Now on Plastic Pollution!

    UPDATE - 3 May 2021

    Download the Boomerang Alliance submission to the NSW Greens Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Plastic Reduction) Bill 2021




    South Australia has passed a law banning polluting single use plastic items; so too Queensland and the ACT; and WA and Victoria have announced plans to act.  Why not NSW?

    As the biggest state we produce a lot of plastic litter that reaches the ocean, killing and harming marine life and poisoning the food chain; and contaminating the land and air.  Tens of thousands of tonnes are also dumped in landfill. NSW released a ‘’discussion paper’’ over a year ago full of good ideas – but still no action.  Just like its ongoing failure to ban lightweight plastic bags! (every other state has banned them).

    Boomerang Alliance has submitted a comprehensive policy to the Environment Minister that will lead to a major drop in plastic pollution and grow recycling.

    But we need to break through the inertia in the NSW Government. 

    We need it to take concrete action, NOW.  And we need your help.

    • By signing the letter below to the Premier & Environment Minister, your voice will heard.

    • Use the images below to share this page on your social media (right click and save image)


    It’s going to take a big push and if you can, please make a generous donation.



    You can edit the email subject and add/amend the message. Your email will be sent directly to The Hon. Matt Kean and NSW Premier.


  • Have your say on the design of Victoria's container deposit scheme

    At last the Victorian Government is proceeding with a container deposit scheme! They are seeking your views on key elements. Importantly they have endorsed the 'split governance' approach which we have been advocating. This stops the big beverage companies managing all the collection points and creating a system that won't achieve the best recycling and environmental outcomes. Coke and Lion Drinks are mounting a major campaign to overturn the decision. 





    There are three things you can do:


      We need to tell the Victorian government that it should be managed by people who are solely focused on maximising the amount of recycling and minimising litter and waste.

      >> Please sign this petition


      We have created a document with suggested answers to help you fill in the questions on the long survey website. Please feel free to amend the answers or add your own thoughts.

      >> Download the suggested answers document 


      We have created a submission template that you can copy/paste on the submission website. Please feel free to amend the text or add your own thoughts. You also have the option to upload your submission.

      >> Download the submission template



    Boomerang Alliance is actively campaigning for Zero Plastic Pollution


    • 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).


    1. Policies for Action
    2. Plastic Free Places
    3. Cut the Wrap
    4. Cash for Containers
    5. Reusable Containers

    We would not have been able to do all these works without your support. Please consider making a donation so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.

  • UPDATE: 14 April 2021

    GREAT NEWS: Victoria announces ‘Split Responsibility Model’ Container Deposit Scheme

    We did it!!!

    We are thrilled to inform you that the Victorian government has today confirmed their choice of a “split responsibility” Container Deposit Scheme.

    They’ve listened to the community and rejected the disinformation campaign by the big bottlers, Coke and Lion and their lobby group VicRecyle.

    Our research into the various types of schemes here in Australia and overseas shows that the chosen ‘’split responsibility’’ model (Coordinator and Network Operators) is best practise.

    It sets up the right allocation of responsibilities so that the system can grow, be accountable, accessible and deliver multiple benefits for decades. It’s based on the NSW approach where there has been very significant involvement of charities and small businesses; billions of drink containers returned; and very accessible refund points.

    We’ve been campaigning for Australia to be entirely covered by container deposit schemes and today’s announcement fully achieves this. In fact Australia is the first continent on the planet to do this. There will be remarkable environmental, employment, recycling and charity benefits.

    Today’s announcement is the result of an incredible community effort with 117 organisations signing our open letter and over 51 000 Victorians signing our petition in support of a split responsibly model.

    A big thank you - this would not have happened without your ongoing support!



    #RecycleRightVictoria #StopBigBeverage #SayYesCDS

    For years our community campaigned for a 10c container deposit scheme (CDS) to clean up Victoria’s parks, streets, waterways and ocean, and finally the Victorian government has confirmed it will be introduced by 2023.

    Now, Victoria has a chance to make a real difference to the environment, recycling and jobs with the future CDS — if the right decision about how the scheme will operate is made. The government is due to decide who will control the CDS, and the four-week consultation period with the public is open until 30 November 2020.


    Say yes to a clean CDS

    The choice is clear.

    Coke and XXXX Gold and Powerade want a CDS in VIC as a "community (producer responsibility) model" which means fewer refund points and depots and less opening hours so they can minimise the number of returns and their cost of having to pay 10c to customers and handling fees to recyclers.

    What we want the VIC Government to do is the "split responsibility model" with a sole focus on recycling that prevents big drink company control, to ensure maximum convenience to achieve the biggest number of beverage containers returned and refunds back to consumers, communities and charities.

    The Victorian government says it prefers a split responsibility model but we know the makers of Coke, XXX and Powerade are fighting for their alternative, less effective model and have big pockets to fund their campaign.

    These companies are some of the world’s biggest plastic polluters, and they campaigned relentlessly against the introduction of a CDS in Victoria. They are campaigning to profit from a scheme they never wanted.  

    Check out a comparison between the two models exposing the misinformation being propagated by Coke and friends. 

    As the last mainland state to implement a CDS, Victoria has a chance to learn from the mistakes and successes of the other states.

    We need to recycle right Victoria. Join us in saying yes to a clean CDS. 

    You can do three things to help - sign the petition to stop big beverage controlling the CDS, endorse our open letter (if you're an organisation or community groups) AND send a message to key MPs.




    The CDS will allow Victorians to swap empty cans and bottles for a 10c refund per container. This kind of recycling initiative is already in place in all other mainland states in Australia. We have reviewed the schemes in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales to assess their effectiveness.

    Container deposit schemes also provide much-needed fundraising opportunities for thousands of community groups, sporting clubs and charities, through the collection and returning of containers, management of collection points or donation partner opportunities.

    For more information on how a CDS works read our fact sheet below.




    Boomerang Alliance is actively campaigning for Zero Plastic Pollution


    • 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).


    1. Policies for Action
    2. Plastic Free Places
    3. Cut the Wrap
    4. Cash for Containers
    5. Reusable Containers

    We would not have been able to do all these works without your support. Please consider making a donation so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.

  • published Recycling and Waste Bill 2020 - Thank You 2020-10-30 14:43:18 +1100

    Thank you for supporting the Waste and Recycling Bill 2020 amendments

    Thank you so much for taking the time to email the key MPs in support of the Waste and Recycling Bill 2020, it will make a difference! Please share with your friends and family, we need as many voices as possible.


  • published Recycling and Waste Bill 2020 in Campaigns 2020-10-30 14:34:16 +1100

    Federal Parliament to vote on waste and plastic pollution law - Act Now!

    This year’s final session of Parliament is voting on a new law to stop the export of waste and enact better product stewardship laws. It's a big opportunity to tackle packaging and single use plastics (*background information below).

    We need your help to make the new law, which will be debated in the Senate on 9 November, effective. A short email (see below) to key MPs could make the difference.



    You can edit the email subject and add/amend the message. Your email will be sent directly to:

    • Hon Trevor Evans MP
    • Mr Josh Wilson MP
    • Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
    • Donald Bundesen
    • Senator Rex Patrick
    • Senator Stirling Griff
    • Senator Jacqui Lambie


  • 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.


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


    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!



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 News 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!

    Read more


    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


    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. 




    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


    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


    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


    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







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



    What are you trying to achieve with your SUP cards?

    The aim of our Good SUP, Bad SUP cards is to make it easy for community members to express gratitude to businesses making an effort to go Single-Use Plastic (Bad SUP) 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.
    For single-use items 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. The card is designed so that they can display it on their counter or wall, to share the love and thank their customers for their support.


    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 often don't 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 the message to Wise Up to SUP's?

    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... businesses may receive multiple cards. That's great!

    If they receive multiple Be the Change cards then we hope that will provide the encouragement that they need to re-think their next order of bad SUPs, look at the Plastic Free Places website, seek advice if needed (Plastic Free Places now offer 45minute consultations) 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 [email protected] with any feedback.



  • published Plastic Free Townsville launched today in Latest News 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.


  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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

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