Sign The Open Letter: Ban Plastic Bags

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and...

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Dear Minister,

Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and marine environment for long enough.

Every Australian wants our stunning rivers, oceans and waterways to have a clean and healthy future. Plastic pollution infests waterways, clogging them with plastic bags, packaging and microbeads.  In Australia, the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimated there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline.

The tripartisan 2016 Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution urged Australian state and federal governments to ban plastic bags and microbeads as a matter of urgency.

Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and can improve their legislation to include 'so-called biodegradable' bags which are just as big a problem in the marine environment as conventional plastic bags.

We are calling on Environment Ministers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia to catch up and take immediate action by banning single use plastic bags (including so-called biodegradable bags). 

Plastic pollution is lethal. We need strong action now.

 

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In July 2017 Environment Ministers are meeting to discuss what to do about plastic bags.

Tasmania, the ACT, The Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and Queensland is introducing a ban in July 2018.

We're making sure when they meet that the NSW, Victorian and WA Ministers know there is huge community support for taking action on plastic bags. We've joined with 49 community and environment groups, representing thousands of members, to write an open letter demanding greater action. Add your name to the open letter today to let the ministers know you support a ban on plastic bags.  

There is increasing evidence that even though a small percentage of bags are littered and then broken up into smaller and smaller pieces – they have a devastating impact on the environment. This includes so called ‘biodegradable’ bags, which are just as dangerous in the marine environment.

With the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimating there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline – and a large legacy of plastic from previous years becoming microplastic – action needs to be taken on multiple fronts.

Plastic pollution is a major threat to wildlife. Globally it is estimated that 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion or entanglement. Of great concern are the secondary microplastics derived from broken up bags and bottles.

We estimate that some 180 million bags enter the Australian environment every year.

Read the full letter and our policy recommendations here

Thanks to our partners who joined the open letter. 


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  • sandy Clarke
    signed 2015-12-11 13:43:43 +1100
    We have to stop sending our plastic waste into the environment as the devastating effects are far reaching to our fellow animals and environment. We are not the most important species, we have to share and care. Surely with all our brilliance we can find safe alternatives.

    Please help us all be responsible for positive changes and ban plastic bags.


    Kind regards

    Sandra Clarke
  • Pam Ireland
    signed via 2015-12-11 13:43:13 +1100
    Every time we go to the beach we pick up as many plastic pieces as we can carry, mostly bait bags left by fisherman.
  • Jess Simmons
    signed 2015-12-11 13:39:22 +1100
  • Marita Macrae
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 13:37:27 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Marita Macrae
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 13:37:17 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Marita Macrae
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 13:37:06 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Marita Macrae
    signed 2015-12-11 13:36:32 +1100
  • Rob Vail
    signed 2015-12-11 13:35:43 +1100
    Long overdue!
  • Nick Lakasas
    signed 2015-12-11 13:35:33 +1100
  • Olya Ryjenko
    signed 2015-12-11 13:34:07 +1100
  • Martin Lenard
    signed 2015-12-11 13:33:20 +1100
    I regularly collect the rubbish from our local creek. Plastic bags are not only a hazard to marine life but are a significant component of the litter I see. Please place a ban on plastic bags.
  • Garth Alperstein
    signed 2015-12-11 13:30:23 +1100
  • Klaus Jaritz
    signed 2015-12-11 13:29:14 +1100
    Many other countries do it – why can’t we?
  • Chris Abraham
    signed 2015-12-11 13:28:53 +1100
  • Alysha Fewster
    signed 2015-12-11 13:28:42 +1100
  • Carla Whittaker
    signed 2015-12-11 13:28:17 +1100
  • Carole Gamble
    signed 2015-12-11 13:27:36 +1100
  • Pam French
    signed 2015-12-11 13:26:31 +1100
  • mary ellen
    signed 2015-12-11 13:23:39 +1100
  • geoffrey knight
    signed 2015-12-11 13:21:57 +1100
    get rid of them now
  • David Roberts
    signed 2015-12-11 13:19:34 +1100
  • em yeats
    signed 2015-12-11 13:17:36 +1100
  • Cath Williams
    signed 2015-12-11 13:15:49 +1100
  • Rob Versluis
    signed 2015-12-11 13:15:43 +1100
  • Rose Daniel
    signed 2015-12-11 13:14:36 +1100
  • Alan Pursch
    @purschy737 tweeted link to this page. 2015-12-11 13:14:36 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags. http://www.boomerangalliance.org.au/banplasticbags?recruiter_id=189
  • Gordon Garradd
    signed 2015-12-11 13:14:21 +1100
    Plastic is forever, it will continue to kill, but let us slow the killing of our marine life by banning plastic bags now. We should ban plastic drink bottles at the same time.
  • Alan Pursch
    signed 2015-12-11 13:14:13 +1100
  • Grace Fewster
    signed 2015-12-11 13:13:58 +1100
  • Danielle Bohata
    signed 2015-12-11 13:13:29 +1100
    I ask you to STOP plastic bags from destroying the Planet and polluting it beyond belief. It is an terrible substance which is killing everything.