Freemantle Becomes “Plastic Bag Free City”

Freemantle Becomes “Plastic Bag Free City”

Freemantle, Western Australia, July 9, 2014 (PBBR) – The Strategic and General Services Committee of Freemantle has voted unanimously to adopt the Plastic Bag Reduction Local Law 2014. The Local Law must still be approved by the State Government. The Local Law was actually drafted and passed in 2012. However, the State Government disallowed the […]

Tasmanian Government Invokes Plastic Bag Ban

Tasmanian Government Invokes Plastic Bag Ban

Tasmania, November 9, 2013 (PBBR) – The Tasmanian Government has invoked a plastic bag ban effective November 1, 2013. The ban affects all retailers and prohibits merchants from supplying plastic bags to customers at point-of-purchase. Tasmania joins three other states in banning plastic bags: South Australia, Northern Territory and the ACT. Log in for Full […]

Hope for Queensland Plastic Bag Ban Rises Anew

Hope for Queensland Plastic Bag Ban Rises Anew

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia, October 19, 2012 (ENS) – The nonprofit Queensland Conservation Council is renewing its push for a statewide plastic bag ban at a community luncheon in Brisbane next month. The keynote speaker, Clean Up Australia campaign founder Ian Kiernan, says banning single-use plastic shopping bags across Queensland will help save turtles, dugongs and […]

Australian Capital Territory Plastic Bag Ban

Australian Capital Territory Plastic Bag Ban

Ban Effective November 1st, 2011 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) began its plastic bag ban on November 1st. All retailers, not just supermarkets, are prohibited from distributing single-use plastic shopping bags.(1) In 2009, a plastic bags community consultation was conducted by the ACT Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water. In that consultation, when […]

NT Australia Plastic Bag Ban Begins Sept. 1st

NT Australia Plastic Bag Ban Begins Sept. 1st

Photo courtesy TourismNT and TravelInt. On February 24th of this year, Northern Territory Australia passed a ban on plastic carrier bags. The law goes into force on Sept. 1st and prohibits retailers from distributing lightweight, “checkout” style plastic bags, including degradable bags. Northern Territory began a four-month plastic bag phase-out period on May 1st.  The phase-out […]

Northern Territory Australia Bans Plastic Bags

Northern Territory Australia Bans Plastic Bags

NT Parliament Passes Landmark Legislation In November 2010, Karl Hampton promised that the Northern Territory (NT) would be plastic bag free by mid-2011. On February 24th, 2011, that promise came true when the NT Parliament passed into law the Environmental Protection Bill 2010. The Northern Territory, with a population of just over 229,000 (1), is […]

Manly, NSW, Australia Markets Reusable Bags

Manly, NSW, Australia Markets Reusable Bags

Situated on a peninsula, Manly is a suburb of Sydney and is a popular tourist destination. Manly’s beaches are very well known and hosts between six and eight million tourist annually. The Manly Council is the local governing authority. The Council recently won a national award for its waste avoidance program and was also the […]

Noosa Biosphere Endorses Plastic Bag Free Biosphere

Noosa Biosphere Endorses Plastic Bag Free Biosphere

The Noosa Biosphere was the first biosphere in Queensland, Australia. Sanctioned in September, 2007 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the former Noosa Shire boundary became a biosphere region encompassing approximately 150,000 hectares of freshwater/tidal and terrestrial areas. At their final Board meeting for 2010, the Noosa Biosphere Governance Board endorsed […]

Northern Territory of Australia To Be Plastic Bag Free

Northern Territory of Australia To Be Plastic Bag Free

The Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage, Karl Hampton, announced on August 10th that the Territory will be plastic bag free by the second half of 2011. Mr. Hampton said from the middle of 2011, shops will be prohibited from selling or giving away non-biodegradable lightweight single-use plastic bags. Mr Hampton said banning plastic […]

Tasmania Plans Plastic Bag Ban

Tasmania Plans Plastic Bag Ban

Tasmania, Australia’s island state, is planning a ban on plastic bags. On November 10th, Mr. David O’Byrne committed to taking a proposal to Cabinet to implement a ban on lightweight plastic bags. Mr. O’Byrne is the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage for the Government of Tasmania. Mr. O’Byrne stated: “The Government is committed to […]