Plastic bag ban on the cards
STANTHORPE'S group hoping to stamp out the use of plastic bags has welcomed news Queensland could phase them out.
Brooke Summerville, from Stanthorpe's Boomerang Bags group, said it was a positive decision, and one which businesses and consumers would have plenty of time to get used to.
The state opposition has announced the move to phase out single-use plastic bags, and have them banned from Queensland from 2018, would have bipartisan support.
"The lead time will give businesses enough time to organise alternatives,” she said.
"When businesses want to make changes like this it's a good idea if they give their customers notice and have some alternative.
"Whether the alternative is a fabric bag or a cardboard box... it's good if there's an alternative.”
She said some of the Granite Belt's businesses had already found alternatives, through the Boomerang Bags borrow-and-return fabric bag project and other avenues.
She acknowledged some consumers had slammed the decision, primarily as a loss of convenience.
"Plastic bags are a convenience item, but it's not difficult to bring your own bag,” she said.
While some have claimed the bags they used for bin liners would disappear, Ms Summerville said there were other options.
She said the key issue making bin liners essential was putting organic waste - which does not break down in modern landfill - into bins.
The Queensland Conservation Council welcomed the announcement Queensland's LNP would support the phasing out of single-use plastic bags.
QCC head Dr Tim Seelig said they now needed "swift action to make it happen”.