We welcome the NSW Environment Minister’s recent announcement that he will develop a wide-ranging plastic waste reduction strategy, but the government must move quickly because we are now the only state in the country yet to #banthebag.
A 2016 EPA review estimated that NSW still consumes 2 billion plastic bags each year, only 14% of which are recycled.
The major supermarkets’ self-imposed ban has seen this number reduced, but every bag produced adds to the 580,000 pieces of plastic found in every square kilometre of ocean.
Turtles, dolphins and whales die of intestinal blockage when they mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. What we will lose in trivial convenience will pale in comparison to the price our planet and oceans have had to pay.
Now that Victoria have joined the likes of Bangladesh, the UK and 127 countries worldwide who have banned the bag, New South Wales must be the next.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #banthebag #plastic