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June 4, 2009

The Northern Star

Council proposes plastic bag ban

A THREE-DAY conference of the State's shire councils has unanimously backed Ballina Shire Council's push to introduce a statewide container deposit scheme and ban on plastic bags.

The motions carried by the conference now go to the Shires' Association executive, which will prioritise the issues on which it will lobby the State Government.

The Shires' Association is made up of councils representing regional and rural NSW. More than 450 delegates attended this week's conference, which ended yesterday.

Ballina mayor Phillip Silver was yesterday confident the two issues would be near the top of the association's list.

“The Shires' Association has had these policies on its books for some time,” he said.

“What these motions do is to allow the association to exert pressure on the State Government where they think it is appropriate.”

It has been estimated that while the container deposit scheme would cost between $30 and $50 million to implement, the net benefit would be up to $100 million annually.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2009/06/04/ballina-council-propose-shirewide-plastic-bag-ban/


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