November 26th, 2010
Last gasp for bags of death
LEGISLATION banning plastic bags in the Territory was introduced into NT Parliament yesterday.
The Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Bill will outlaw single-use, non-biodegradable bags and introduce a container deposit scheme where Territorians receive 10c from every eligible bottle, can and carton.
Environment Minister Karl Hampton said: "This legislation is the first of its kind anywhere in Australia and will establish a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Territory."
He said 40 million plastic bags are thrown away by Territorians every year and only 10 per cent of containers are recycled.
Woolworths shopper Maureen Gabriel, 21, said the new legislation would be "inconvenient' for people in a hurry.
"A lot of people don't bring the green bags," she said.
Shopper Wassie McInnes, 26, said she uses the plastic supermarket bags as bin liners.
"I agree with helping the environment - there's a double-edged sword there," she said.
Clean Up Australia chairman Ian Kiernan said the Territory understood that plastic bags are a threat.
"They're a serial killer," he said.