A new report by the Boomerang Alliance and its 32 allied groups, documents Queensland as the most littered state in Australia, with litter rates 40% higher than the national average with only 18% of plastic bottles recycled.
The report called ‘Queensland’s Plastic Pollution Crisis, container deposit and other solutions’ was delivered to all Members of Queensland Parliament on Wednesday. It examines the sources and rate of litter, micro plastics and impacts on marine life and solutions.
The NSW Government is set to introduce a cash for containers scheme in mid-2017 and it would be a positive achievement if Queensland had the same timetable. The Boomerang Alliance has welcomed the Queensland Government decision to investigate a Container Deposit Scheme and consider a ban on plastic packaging.
We urge the LNP, KAP and the Independents in the Parliament as well as local governments and businesses to support these measures. They are good for the environment, for wildlife and create a significant stimulus for recycling industries in Queensland and hundreds of new jobs.
We are proposing four key solutions:
Harmonise CD scheme and start date with NSW
Ban single lightweight plastic bags and other problem plastic packaging
Phase out microbeads in personal care products
Action by industry and regulators to stop plastic nurdles escaping from factory sites.
Convenor and Director