To: State Environment Ministers

Ban the bag: Queensland

I am super excited to let you all know that Queensland will #BanTheBag by 2018.

Add your support to the campaign for the rest of Australia here:
http://act.gp/2hXulkg

In November, QLD Environment Minister Steven Miles said he'll start the consultation on a ban on single-use plastic bags and will not wait for other Australian states (namely NSW, VIC) to act. This comes just one week after the opposition govt in QLD also announced support for a ban on plastic bags.

What's most exciting is that the Minister has included a ban on harmful biodegradable single-use plastic bags in his proposal. This is a key win and sets QLD apart from other states that have banned the bag SA, NT and Tas.

Back in July, Sabrina, QLD lead for the Ban the Bag Campaign, met with Minister Miles. That's when he made a promise to her that he would commit to banning the bag. With help from thousands of Queenslanders, we continued to grow the petition and to continue the conversation with the Environment Ministers from NSW, VIC and WA.

It's really great to see Minister Miles staying true to his word and listening to the thousands of people calling on him to protect our oceans from harmful plastic waste.

This is fantastic news and a huge testament to not only to the work we've done but also the thousands of people, groups and other organisations that have been calling for this for years.

A big thank you goes to Nadia, Micah, Christine, Tom, Ruby and the ban the bag crew in NSW, VIC and WA. Finally, to all the other amazing people who helped out! Special congrats go to the amazing (all women) team of Sabrina, Maggie, Jasmine, Amanda and Bhaval for being the #BantheBag state campaigners.

So what's next you ask? Well, VIC, and NSW - we are coming for you! Add your support to the campaign for the rest of Australia here:
http://act.gp/2hXulkg

Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris.

One of the serious offenders is plastic bags. Australians use around 4 billion plastic bags every year - that’s a whopping 10 million or so each day. Clean Up Australia estimates that around 150 million of these end up in our waterways and ocean.

Why is this important?

Around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. We have to act now to clean up our seas. South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT already have successful plastic bag bans in place. Queensland has also committed to banning plastic bags by 2018. It’s time for New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to step up and take plastic bags off the menu for marine life.

Sign the petition and call on the State Environment Ministers to ban plastic bags now.

How it will be delivered

Your name will be delivered to the State Environment Minister in order to show him just how many people in QLD want a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Queensland

Reasons for signing

  • Its our responsibility to preserve our wonderful oceanlife how lucky are we to be able to make a difference
  • I work in retail and too many people take bags when they dont need to its such a waste.
  • because i learn about it at school

Updates

2017-02-08 16:11:49 +1100
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Petition is successful with 12,025 signatures

2017-02-08 15:16:18 +1100
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Petition is successful with 12,024 signatures

2016-12-19 12:39:16 +1100
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Petition is successful with 12,005 signatures

2016-05-20 02:30:05 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-04-24 13:40:06 +1000

500 signatures reached

2016-03-22 19:54:58 +1100

100 signatures reached

2016-03-22 18:47:53 +1100

50 signatures reached

2016-03-22 18:31:08 +1100

25 signatures reached

2016-03-18 22:28:30 +1100

10 signatures reached