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December 21, 2009

Thinking Australia

N.T. Ban on Plastic Bags

The Northern Territory Government plans to ‘phase out’ single-use plastic shopping bags across the state.

State chiefs are also planning to introduce a container deposit scheme - like that used in Sotuh Australia - and ahead of any final decision on a nationwide deposit container scheme.

“We’ll be introducing legislation in 2010 to ban plastic bags in the Territory,” says NT Chief Minister, Paul Henderson. “This is about reducing landfill and certainly complementing what we will be doing in a cash-for-containers scheme in 2011. It’s about everybody playing their part and certainly I’m going to have to change my shopping habits.”

In May this year South Australia started enforcing their plastic bag ban and last month they hailed it a success, saying 200 million checkout-style bags had been saved from entering landfill.

Federal and state environment ministers are still considering the national introduction of a container deposit scheme while also looking at the most suitable way to cut plastic bag use.

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