Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today delivered the Second Reading speech for the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill.
The proposed legislation would ban retailers from supplying single-use plastic shopping bags to consumers so as to reduce the impact of plastic bag litter on the environment, including the marine environment, where plastic bags contribute to the deaths of sea life such as turtles, dolphins, whales and seals.
“As the NSW Greens spokesperson for the Marine Environment I am pleased to bring before the House the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill 2016 which delivers on the Greens commitment during the 2015 State election campaign to introduce a bill to ban single-use light-weight plastic shopping bags in NSW by the end of 2017,” said Ms Smith.
“It is estimated that over 4 billion plastic bags are used in Australia each year.
“The lightweight plastic shopping bags provided by retail outlets are often referred to as ‘single-use’ because once supplied, they are typically not taken back to a retail store by the consumer for re-filling. They are a one-off convenience but they are many lifetimes of impact on our environment.