Plastic Bag Free NSW

Plastic Bag Free NSW

Inner West Council supports the Plastic Bag Free NSW Campaign.

The momentum to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in NSW in significant. South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the A.C.T. have already taken the step—with great outcomes for the environment.

On a global level, entire countries including Ireland, Bangladesh, South Africa and China have either banned plastic shopping bags or implemented a levy to reduce consumption. California was the first State in the USA to introduce a State-wide ban. It’s time for action!

What's the problem?

  • Australians use more than 4,000,000,000 plastic checkout-style bags per year.
  • Australians throw out more than 7,000 plastic bags per minute.
  • Lightweight plastic bags are used for 12 minutes on average.
  • They take up to 1,000 years to break down.
  • In only 4 shopping trips, the average Australian family accumulates 60 plastic bags.
  • Each year in Australia, an estimated 50 million plastic bags do not make it to landfill, instead entering the environment… and they never leave.
  • Plastic bag litter kills tens of thousands of birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.
  • These bags are made from fossil fuels, which are precious and non-renewable.

A July 2015 Omnipoll revealed that 63% of Australian and 64% of NSW residents and shoppers support a ban on single use plastic bags from supermarkets and stores in NSW. Once a ban is put into effect, support dramatically increases: 81% of South Australians support the existing ban there now that free single use bags are no longer supplied in stores.

What can you do?

Whether you are a shopper or a retailer you can do something.

Take a reusable bag with you when shopping! For information on the types of plastic bags and their associated issues, see Plastic Bag Free NSW’s great infographic.

You can take action NOW by visiting any of the organisations calling for action to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic bags.

Sign a petition to ban the bag! Or find handy hints to go plastic bag free.

Clean Up Australia shows the damage that plastic bags do to the environment. Find out more by watching the video below:

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