Plastic Free NSW
Moving towards a Plastic Free Sea
A Ban on Plastic Bags and other single use plastics
Nearly all marine life including half the world’s turtles and almost all sea birds have ingested plastic waste. This plastic waste includes shopping bags, and pieces of bottle tops, coffee cup lids and other packaging. Even biodegradable plastics just turn in to smaller pieces of plastic, releasing dangerous chemicals as they break apart. We must stop this problem at its source by educating the public about the impact of plastics and banning single use plastic products including shopping bags..
A Ban on Microbeads
Microbeads are the tiny plastic beads commonly found in household products such as facial scrubs and cleansers, toothpaste and laundry detergents. They never break down and contribute to the 34.9 billion pieces of micro plastic in Australia’s Waters. A voluntary ban, like the one the federal government wants, won’t be effective. We are fighting for a real ban on microbeads from cosmetics and household detergents.
A Container Deposit Scheme
A container deposit scheme like those in South Australia and the Northern Territory means people in NSW will get 10c back for every bottle they recycle. This will take the pressure off kerbside recycling, which local councils currently need to pay for, and also provide valuable income streams for community groups and individuals — as well as cutting down on the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans.
I support the protection of our marine life by ending plastic pollution in our oceans.
I call on the NSW government to:
- Recognise the serious threat plastic pollution presents to the marine environment and coastal communities.
- Support measures to reduce plastic pollution such as a ban on plastic bags and other single use plastic products, a ban on microbeads, and a world leading container deposit scheme to catch plastic litter before it hits the ground.
- Ensure that action to prevent and clean up plastic pollution is a priority for NSW.