Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in NSW
Australians use more than 4 billion plastic grocery-style bags each year and an estimated 50 million of these bags enter the environment ending up in waterways and the ocean. Plastic now outnumbers sea life 6 to 1 with 119,000 pieces of plastic for each sq km of ocean. We dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfill every minute; that’s a staggering 3.93 billion bags per annum.
South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania have all banned single use singlet style plastic bags - surely the time is now for a uniform ban Australia-wide, starting in NSW.
There is a drastic need for greater education on the dangers of continued plastic bag use in Australia and the world and there is a dire need to enforce strong and uniform regulations that prevent the use of single use plastic bags. This is necessary for the future of our children and grandchildren and the future of our environment and ecosystem.