Ban a Boost for Boomerang Bags
Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan says the upcoming single-use plastic bag ban will be a boost for local waste reduction efforts.
A Victorian ban on plastic bags comes into effect on July 2, with some supermarkets ending use of the bags from today, 20 June.
Ms McGowan said local Boomerang Bags groups were to be commended for their work in reducing the amount of single-use plastic in Indi and continuing to campaign for plastic alternatives.
There are more than a dozen Boomerang Bags groups throughout Indi that host regular bag making sessions, producing as many as 6,000 reusable bags a year.
“The dedication of Boomerang Bags groups in creating reusable bags – most form recycled material – reflects the growing waste-wise trend within Indi communities,” Ms McGowan said.
“While it is pleasing that a Victorian ban has been enacted, there is still a loud call from people within Indi for a national ban to be implemented and I will continue to push for action on that topic in parliament.”
Ms McGowan supported former Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie’s Private Members’ Motion in Parliament earlier this year, calling for state governments without bans on single use plastics to enact one by the end on 2018.
The motion also called on the Federal Government to implement a national ban on lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags by the end of 2018.
Ms McGowan spoke about the work of Boomerang Bags in parliament in February. The speech can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/3BK1BaQZN4U
To find out more about your local Boomerang Bags group, visit http://boomerangbags.org/be-involved/