LNP to phase out plastic bags in Queensland

State Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes said a future LNP Government would phase out supermarket-style plastic bags across Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast region. 

Mr Elmes said single-use plastic bags had an average lifespan of just 12 minutes but could take more than 1000 years to fully decompose.

“I’m proud to lead the Noosa community in cutting public waste, reducing landfill and providing a safer environment for our wildlife and community,” Mr Elmes said.

“In my capacity as Shadow Minister for the Environment some years ago I became acutely aware of the irreversible damage that plastic bags, including so called biodegradable bags, have on both land and waterway environments. 

“Shockingly, Queenslanders use around one billion plastic bags every year and the average family collects more than 60 per week.

“By phasing out single-use plastic bags from our local supermarkets, we are making an important investment in our future and that is why I am delighted to stand today beside Roz White of White’s IGA Peregian Beach, who has already joined the campaign to reduce plastic bag dependency in this store.

Mr Elmes said the LNP’s commitment to phase out plastic bags has been fully endorsed by Clean Up Australia, Wildlife Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, which represents 45 different environmental groups. 

The Peregian Community took up the fight against plastic bags many years ago and are well known throughout the Electorate of Noosa for their stance, which makes today’s announcement at Peregian Beach so fitting.

“There are plenty of alternatives to the single-use plastic bag – by making a simple lifestyle change, local families can make a huge difference.

“Green, or bring-your-own bags, heavy retail bags, paper bags and barrier bags for fruit vegetables and meat will not be banned.

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