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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  • Martin Turner
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 13:12:56 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Martin Turner
    @SmartyTurner tweeted link to this page. 2015-12-11 13:12:51 +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=3198
  • Martin Turner
    signed 2015-12-11 13:11:54 +1100
  • leonne pfeiffer
    signed 2015-12-11 13:11:26 +1100
  • Brooke West
    signed 2015-12-11 13:11:06 +1100
  • Chyna Wilkie
    signed via 2015-12-11 13:09:25 +1100
  • gary jenness
    signed 2015-12-11 13:06:35 +1100
  • Martin Schlaeger
    signed 2015-12-11 13:05:37 +1100
  • Ruth Mahoney
    signed 2015-12-11 13:04:21 +1100
  • Michael Morris
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 13:03:09 +1100
    I just signed the open letter calling on Environment Ministers to ban single use plastic bags.
  • Michael Morris
    signed 2015-12-11 13:02:32 +1100
  • Catherine Potter
    signed 2015-12-11 12:57:46 +1100
  • B Wilson
    signed 2015-12-11 12:57:26 +1100
    We should be using paper, including yesterday’s newspaper for wrapping – make bundles in place of tote bags.
  • Joanne Houssenloge
    signed 2015-12-11 12:57:03 +1100
  • Janet Murray
    signed 2015-12-11 12:56:55 +1100
    Those who are using alternate containers would be happy to enlighten others.
  • Andrew Johnston
    signed 2015-12-11 12:55:34 +1100
  • Vanessa Scott
    signed 2015-12-11 12:51:06 +1100
    The Netherlands banned plastic bags decades ago, why are we so far behind in our draconian ways?
  • Stacey Daly
    signed 2015-12-11 12:50:55 +1100
  • Malcolm Johnson
    signed 2015-12-11 12:50:08 +1100
    Bunnings does not supply plastic bags & this is no problem to their customers. Shops in other states & some places overseas charge for plastic bags. We always try to remember to take our own fabric bags which are always stored in the car boot. Why do we need to provide lazy people with plastic bags?
  • Nicole McGregor
    signed 2015-12-11 12:49:46 +1100
  • Toni D
    signed 2015-12-11 12:48:56 +1100
  • Kenneth Stewart
    signed 2015-12-11 12:47:34 +1100
    Plastics are a scourge on our Environment. Change to recycled brown paper bags as in the U.S.
  • Richard Smith
    signed 2015-12-11 12:46:40 +1100
    Plastic particulates are already contaminating the whole ocean and the food chain , starting with the krill and plankton . Humans are at the top of the food chain so we are ingesting plastic every time we eat seafood . Ban plastic bags and introduce container deposit schemes Australia wide .
  • Tracey Iuliano
    signed 2015-12-11 12:45:37 +1100
  • Helen Gregory
    signed 2015-12-11 12:44:14 +1100
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  • Richard Dudley-Smith
    signed 2015-12-11 12:43:18 +1100
    this is just a no brainer. Just look at the numbers – 180 million additional plastic bags entering the Australian environment every year – This is a staggering number and a major threat to us all. It has been scientifically proved that these plastics chemicals are now in the sea food that we eat. It is madness to keep allowing this to happen. We are poisoning ourselves.
  • Kerry Powell
    signed 2015-12-11 12:40:55 +1100
  • Lorraine Yudaeff
    signed 2015-12-11 12:39:40 +1100
    Plastic bags kill marine animals
  • M Ndi
    signed 2015-12-11 12:39:36 +1100
    Sustainability is our only choice.
  • Alison OSullivan
    signed 2015-12-11 12:39:29 +1100