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Queensland to ban plastic shopping bags from 2018

The Queensland government plans to ban single-use plastic bags from 2018 but the public will have its say first.

On Friday the environment minister, Steven Miles, released a public discussion paper on the ban of lightweight single-use plastic shopping bags.

“The Queensland government sees a plastic bag ban as a critical step in a long-term plastic pollution reduction plan.”

Similar bans are in place in South Australia, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

“They are used on average for about 12 minutes but they can take up to a thousand years to disintegrate in the environment,” Tim Nicholls said. “In that time they cause untold damage to marine life, to turtles and dugongs.”

Credit: The Guardian

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