Recycle Brisbane: we all like to hear about good news when it comes to waste collections and recycling services. Of course, there has been some bad news in the press recently – such as the transporting of large amounts of waste from interstate for disposal in Queensland landfills – this was covered on the ABC tv expose recently. We are glad to see the recent announcement of a ban on plastic bags in Queensland and the setting up of a recycling fund.

 

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Recycle Brisbane – a boost through ban on plastic bags

 

We all know how wasteful plastic bags can be – if you are like me, you get so many you do not know how to get rid of them. Redcycle has run a great initiative through Coles supermarkets – but of course prevention is better than cure.

 

According to the Brisbane Times:

 

“Single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Queensland from July next year, following the passage of a long-heralded bill through Parliament on Tuesday night.”

 

“The ban targets all lightweight, single-use plastic bags, including those of the biodegradable variety, but stops short of prohibiting the heavier bags used at department stores.”

“The refund scheme will apply to most drink bottles between 150 millilitres and three litres, making 10-cent returns available for recyclers.”

“South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have already introduced bans and Woolworths and Coles have promised to replace single-use bags with reusable ones costing 15 cents.”

“According to the minister, 2.4 billion recyclable drink bottles and 1 billion lightweight, single-use shopping bags were used in Queensland each year, with many ending up in waterways.”

“Australians use over 5 billion of such plastic shopping bags every year, with an estimated 900 million used here in Queensland.”

We think it is a great step  – as plastic bags are extremely hard to recycle.