With more than 2,100 kilometres of coastline and tens of thousands of kilometres of waterways, NSW should have taken a leading role in banning single use plastic bags.
The fact is plastic bags kill.
- In NSW, up to 61 million bags are littered each year.
- Every second, 159 single-use plastic bags are used in Australia – more than 10 million each day.
- More than 70 per cent of the rubbish entering our oceans is identified as plastic.
- Plastic kills up to one million seabirds, countless fish and 100,000 sea mammals each year.
The Liberals and Nationals has left NSW firmly at the bottom of the pack, as every other state and territory in Australia has already introduced or committed to bans on single-use plastic bags. Voluntary bans, as supported by the Liberal and National Government, do not work.
Single-use plastic bags are the regular, thin shopping bags with handles such as those handed out at supermarkets.
The position of the Liberals and Nationals in NSW is reckless and irresponsible, and it will condemn countless birds, fish, turtles, and dolphins to painful, needless deaths.
In Opposition, Labor introduced laws to the NSW Parliament to ban plastic bags, but the Liberals and Nationals voted them down.
In Government, Labor will ban the bag and look at all options to reduce plastic pollution to ensure our environment is cleaner, healthier, and safer for us all – and that includes our precious native animals.