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Plastic bags: the latest environmental disaster

Plastic bags: the latest environmental disaster

Large stores has jumped on the ‘rid the globe of plastic bags’ bandwagon. Yep, the environazis, similar to the LGBTIQ mob have bullied corporations into submission. Soon, plastic bags will be history. There is no doubt plastic bags tossed into the environment does cause harm to wildlife and more. Plastic bags in rural areas wave at you like flags on barbed wire fences of which Australia has zillion kilometres. The real culprits are people, not plastic bags. Some people are filthy pigs who jetison their shit anywhere and everywhere—often right in front of you, on a park bench beside you. Out the window of vehicles. Just look at the roadsides. But the plastic bag, however, is not a single use bag as the argument goes.
Before the plastic bag, kitchen scraps were wrapped in newspaper. A lot was burned in the backyard incinerator.Not allowed to do that anymore and we read online. So, unwrapped old stews, grease, gobs of rock mellon seeds and tonnes of other gooey slime will pour from garbage bins and onto the city roads and alleyways as the garbos threaten to strike. Throughout summer the rats, maggots and other vermin will multiply in epidemic proportion. And in the recommended Tips below, this:

•Don’t line your bin, simple wash it weekly or as needed
•Raise chooks to feed food scrap too

Ha, ha , ha! Washing bins will use billions of litres of water (in times of drought) and the crap will go where? In the gutters where grease and fats will clog drains. And, this is a beauty; “raise chooks”! Yep, turn your bathroom into a chook pen. All this in major cities, against the law. Six chooks per dwelling for eggs and the occasional head-lop for the Sunday roast. Chicken feathers flying around the metropolis. Why not ducks and pigs, they love slops? And where will all the chicken poop go—over the balcony, of course, like everything else does now. And lice infestations in entire streets and suburbs will be fun. These anti-plastic bags people are total loonies. But they are good for a laugh.

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Source: ABC

Plastic bags in the firing line as public figures line up to trash inaction in NSW, Victoria and WA

There are growing calls for a national ban on single-use plastic bags, after Coles and Woolworths announced they would phase out the environmental hazards.

The supermarket giants, as well as New South Wales chain Harris Farm Markets, on Friday pledged to stop supplying the single-use bags to shoppers within 12 months.

Their decision will affect customers in Australia’s two biggest markets — NSW and Victoria — as well as Western Australia.

All other states and territories have already implemented bans, or have plans to do so.

The move, which is expected to cut the number of single-use bags circulating in Australia by about 7 billion annually, has been welcomed by industry heavyweights and environmentalists.

National Retailers Association chief Dominique Lamb said he was preparing members for a total plastic bag ban in light of the supermarkets’ announcements.

“It is not meant to be an impost on small business; in fact it’s often going to be cheaper because they will have different types of bags they can implement and also we’re going to find that we’re going to have a change in culture around plastic bags,” he said.

War on plastic waste

Craig Reucassel presented the ABC TV series War on Waste, which put the spotlight on recycling and sustainability down under.

“One of the hardest things in the War on Waste was trying to find out why the states weren’t bringing this in,” Mr Reucassel said.

“It already existed in some states and it is generally popular in states that have plastic bags bans.

“I was trying to figure out why WA, NSW and Victoria, weren’t doing it.

“It didn’t seem like there wasn’t a push back against it? It was just the lack of political will or desire to do it.”

Woolworths said more durable, re-usable plastic bags would be made available at a cost of 15 cents, along with multi-use hessian bags.

How many times do you need to use green bags?

Which type of bag should you use to take your groceries home if you’re trying to have as little an impact as possible on the environment?

“I think the (Federal) Government still needs to come in,” Mr Reucassel said.

“They (Coles and Woolworths) are not the only organisations that are doing this.

“There are still a lot of other supermarkets or other chains that are still using single-use plastic bags, so you still need the legislation there.”

WA a bag battle ground

If there was a perception NSW and Victoria were dragging their heels on bag bans, WA’s former Government took the cake for tardiness.

In 2013, the City of Fremantle announced plans to outlaw single-use plastic bans in its southern Perth jurisdiction, but the move was twice struck down by the Barnett Government.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the council was preparing a third attempt at introducing at the local law.

“This time the State Government has said they would not block it,” he said.

“We need to advertise the local law, and that’s happening next week, so we’d expect it to be in place within six months.

Tips for living without plastic bags

•Separate your rubbish, learn what you can recycle

•Use composting bins to dispose of wet waste

•Don’t line your bin, simple wash it weekly or as needed

•Raise chooks to feed food scrap too

•Be selective about what you buy – take glass containers and buy food in bulk

•Take plastic or green bags back to the supermarket to recycle

•Try to use biodegradable bags

“We have a new state government which is much more sympathetic to it.”

Mayor Pettitt described the decision by the major supermarket chains as “significant”.

“I think it’s fair to say they’re the biggest single users of plastic bags,” he said.

“When we did our local laws in 2013, the only objections we had were from the major supermarkets.

“You can’t help but think that this would pave the way for a whole ban on single-use bags across the country.”

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Spinbuster 16/07/2017, 7:56 am

    Sounds like another flares/platform sole/tattoo style fad to me.
    I am forever amazed how this dribble gains traction when we live in a world of planned obsolescence and wasted energy with trucks hauling boutique water and over diluted food all over the nation.
    To put things in perspective…take look at the rubbish at your local tip and imagine what percentage of this planned waste is plastic shopping bags.

    Sorta like the RSPCA with it’s slogan “For All Creatures Great & Small” as it promotes bloody stinkin’ totally unnecessary cats tearing the heart out of Australia’s wildlife while pissing on a bunch of guys who like to race greyhounds. What a bunch of hypocrites they are!! The only good cat I have ever seen is through the cross hairs … which is the reason I have wildlife in abundance around me.

    If either of these organisations were serious they would address the problems in an holistic way rather than cherry picking for the titbits which have emotional appeal to the moron collective.

    • DB8tr 16/07/2017, 1:59 pm

      The real reason SB (like all things petty and 1st world) is “Bureaucracy”. Plain and simple. Basically it works like this: To be politically correct and to appease your factions and your minorities you spend millions on creating a ‘department’ or creating an sub department within the departments and sub departments.

      This is called ‘governing’. So millions of hours and millions of dollars are then spent on people spending their day in government pods – at desks – coming up with more ideas. Ideas and more ideas. And then even more ideas. They come back again week after week and do it all again. I mean what else is there to do in the pod? You have to sustain the job. Make it worth coming in for. Fulfil the role. The title. And managers make up new jobs. More ideas. More paperwork. More meetings. More ideas. Its their job.

      Then one day, after millions of dollars and millions of hours and hundreds of meetings and thousands of trees chopped down for the paperwork we are ‘told’ to do what the department commands. After that its time for more meetings to be planned. For more ideas. More paperwork. Then comes 4.59pm and its time to go home.

      • Spinbuster 17/07/2017, 6:06 am

        Totally agree, DB8tr. I could tell a few stories about government waste that would turn your hair.
        And…this why Campbell Newman was totally on the right track cleaning out the public service of Qld.
        I think he got rid of 14,000 of the the budging self serving bastards …and I for one did not know they had disappeared.
        Naturally shithead labour put them back again. They need a team of commo bludgers to get votes.

        Newman’s main mistake was wanting to sell the poles and wires.

  • Lorraine 16/07/2017, 8:59 am

    Woolworths and Coles are not banning the plastic bags, they are charging you 15cents each to get one . If I forget to take a bag with me , it will be less I buy. Target did this and the last time I used their street store my undies in view of all, until I could get them back to the car and hide them under the knee blanket. Once these two grocery stores ,realize they had an advantage over Aldi, now they have higher prices and no free bags

    • Joe Blogs 16/07/2017, 10:49 am

      You could try wearing a skirt or a pair of slacks next time you go shopping, Lorraine.

  • TommyGun 16/07/2017, 9:26 am

    This article is disturbingly inaccurate.
    Plastic bags (and, in fact ALL forms of plastic) are harmful for wildlife (particularly marine wildlife), both when intact and when they break into small pieces. This is an unalterable fact.
    On top of that, the microparticles produced will eventually find their way into the food chain and into people. Is this the fate you would wish on your descendants?
    To say that “The real culprit are people, not plastic bags.” (sic) is partly true, but, as people cannot be trusted to do the right thing, the best way to solve the problem is to simply phase out the plastic bag and replace it with something else that does not cause harm when disposed of improperly. For example, hessian or strong paper bags.
    I think the banning of plastic shopping bags is wonderful news.

    • Ian 16/07/2017, 10:14 am

      Heard of biodegradable?
      Are you swapping sides and signing up for GetUp?

      • TommyGun 16/07/2017, 6:03 pm

        GetUp? Are you serious?
        I’ll bet I am further “Right” on the political spectrum than you…I just happen to hate plastic being needlessly discarded and know the harm that it causes.

        Yes I know about biodegradable. There are two types:
        1) The type that is still plastic that simply breaks into smaller and smaller pieces (and thus is more easily eaten by fish and other forms of life.)
        2) Truly biodegradable, which is composed of corn starch. Unfortunately, this is more expensive than normal plastic and this is used as an excuse not to use it by corporations.
        Which type did you mean?

    • Lorraine 16/07/2017, 11:27 am

      plastic is a covering for all perishable goods from meat cheese seafood chips you name all that I have missed and it will be hundreds, almost everything you buy is in plastic bags, take a stroll down the fruit and veggie area, are we to take home one apple or 2 onions not using a plastic bag….if Woolies and Coles were serious about the environment ban all plastic, don’t fancy my fish coming in a hessian bag do you

      • Bwana Neusi 16/07/2017, 12:32 pm

        How about banning “Single Use” plastic bloody water bottles. We see scores of these offensive discards lining our streets, paths and roadsides.
        And I agree with you Lorraine – how about some prime mince in a paper bag.

      • TommyGun 16/07/2017, 6:12 pm

        I agree that food is over-packed by supermarkets. Packing fruit and vegetables in plastic I find very irritating…they come in their own packaging.
        But last time I looked (yesterday) Lorraine, I could buy any number of apples or onions I liked (loose). Simply put them in your hessian shopping bag.

        Fish could be wrapped in waxed paper. In fact, I am old enough to remember when no plastic packaging existed. and yet we survived.

  • luk1955 16/07/2017, 3:29 pm

    What is the real litter are the plastic water bottles, specifically water bottles. Ban the sale of water, the tap water the bottlers take pump it into a dispensing machine and charge ludicrous prices for. Not to mention the ENERGY CONSUMPTION of all those plastic water bottles. Sanity has left our government and all these stupid green groups, who are really causing more damage to the environment than the policies that they replace.

    • TommyGun 16/07/2017, 6:08 pm

      Hmmm. Obviously those of you complaining about plastic water bottles don’t live in SA.
      South Australia has had container deposit legislation for over 40 years and it works just fine. Something like 87% of all containers are recycled.
      This is something the other States have had every opportunity to copy but steadfastly refuse to do so.
      If you ever drive along roads in SA, you simply don’t see plastic or aluminium cans or bottles. They are recycled. I certainly notice the difference when I drive interstate.

      • Aktosplatz 16/07/2017, 8:01 pm

        A good arrangement( recycling plastic)that is coming to an end in SA due to unreliable and expensive electricity supply.

        It doesn’t matter what private enterprise comes up with as good ideas, some bureaucrat will bugger it up.

      • Lorraine 16/07/2017, 9:25 pm

        yeah tommy Gun people in Victoria collect and take to Bordertown , but I saw one man 36 years in business and his electricity went from $80 thousand to $180 thousand , he has closed his business put off 35 staff. Goodbye SA and this man’s business was have a guess. Recycling . so as you run out of electricity so you will run out of money to refund your plastic bottles. other states have done the Maths and it did not stand up…..But SA and the JayWetherornot have no need for sums, they failed junior school and went on to run the great state of SA

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