In SA, ACT, NT and Tasmania, certain types of plastic carry bags have been banned. Not content with this, the ACT Greens party are now calling for a complete plastic bag ban. The reason for this is emergence of substitutes which are still polymer based.
The pros and cons of plastic bag ban legislation are too lengthy to mention. Some of the issues regarding bin liners, degradable and compostable bags, and carry bags alternatives are mentioned in previous posts.
I think that it is important to realise that realise that plastic bags were a environmental step forward from the days of widespread paper bags usage. Paper bags have much more detrimental environmental impact than their plastic equivalents.
In fact, due the low amount of energy required to produce them, some studies in the UK have shown that plastic bags are actually more environmentally friendly than their alternatives. The real problems are the incredibly selfish and thoughtless humans among us that discard these products as litter on our public lands.
The Victorian State Government is considering implementing and "organics plan", which would potential reduce the number of garbage bin pick ups and emphasize the recycling of food scraps.
This proposal is part of an overall drive to reduce household waste.
Such a system would impose greater requirements on the citizens to sort more of their house hold rubbish.
In other countries such as Japan and Italy , the use of multi colored garbage bags is common to help in the sorting out of household waste.
Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist recently sent us the video clip below that reveals the latest technological innovation in Dog Poo Waste Management from the USA. It's what he does for his clients, making sure they remain on top of the latest innovations.
The Americans have pioneered Dog DNA testing and are now commercializing it. The company is called PooPrints, and they have established a dog waste management system that involves the DNA testing of dog poo found in the community to identify the canine culprits (and their misbehaved owners) responsible for the mess.
The PooPrints DNA Testing Waste Management System
Will this type of dog poo management system ever make its way over to Australia?
But one thing is certain, responsible dog owners need to pick up the poo after their pet!
For great quality Dog Tidy Waste Bags, click on the hyperlinked text or on the image below.
Dog Poo waste bags from Maxpak are used in public parks and gardens across Australia.
This is the problem when you don't use reliable, high quality bin liners.
Plastic Bag Ban? What a load of Rubbish!
Now this is hardly shocking news - if the SA Government paid attention to overseas examples (E.g. Ireland), then they would have easily been able to foresee this result - that plastic bag bans result in increased bin liner usage.
It will be interesting to see if there is a change in policy, should there be a change in Government at the next South Australian state election - as the Coalition opposition had described the policy as "tokenistic".
According to the Adelaide Now newspaper: "BIN liner sales in SA have doubled since free plastic shopping bags were banned more than two years ago. And most bin bags are made of thicker plastic than traditional bags, which means they take longer to break down in the environment. Woolworths says SA sales of plastic kitchen-tidy bags of a similar size, capacity and shape to single-use plastic shopping bags, are now double the national average.At Coles, sales of kitchen tidy bags increased 40 per cent in the year following the ban in May 2009. Bin bag manufacturer Glad reported a 52.5 per cent jump in kitchen-tidy bag sales in the first year of the ban, compared with a 5.5 per cent increase nationally… In 2009, South Australia led the nation with a ban on lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags."
It just amazes me how an idea that can be so unpopular will catch so much traction in the media and people think it is something so viral it belongs on a social media site. The plastic bag ban is just an example of a long list of stupid ideas being championed be a misguided few. It seams like every day another country, or state is trying to take away plastic bags. I would like to jump in for one minute and officially say “Just get your hands off my plastic bags”. Banning plastic bags because they litter our streets and parks is completely misguided.
The issue seems to be headed up by the environmentalist community, but this is one of those options doing more harm than good. If they really wanted to do something for the environment, they should campaign and organize against paper bags, boxes, printed junk mail ads and cigarette butts. Would it surprise you that plastic bags are only 2% (Data from Cleanup Australia) of all litter? From the level of hysteria that gets created, you would have thought that there so many bag littering our streets that we were all bound to trip over them the second we step foot outside the house. Guess what? We don't!
Plastic bags don't even make the top 10 most common litter items. The complete list from 2010 is below: are we going to ban all those as well??
(data from Clean Up Australia)
1. Cigarette butts
2. Small paper pieces
3. Polystyrene pieces
4. PET drink bottles
5. Confectionery and chips bags
6. Plastic bottle caps
7. Alcoholic beverage bottles
8. Glass pieces
9. Aluminium cans
10. Metal bottle caps
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