Peak retail industry body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has congratulated the Minister for Environment Peter Garrett for rejecting the call to follow South Australia’s lead with a national plastic bag ban.
ARA Executive Director Richard Evans said the Federal Government’s dismissal of calls for a national plastic bag ban will allow retailers to recognise the broader and more complex issue of litter management.
“Any national or additional state based plastic bag bans would be an inappropriate and inadequate solution to the complex issue of litter management. For the past twelve months the plastic bag has been singled out as a national environmental villain- and we all know Australia’s litter problem is bigger than bags,” Evans said.
Evans said that retailers are doing their part to reduce plastic bag usage, but are now calling on local Government to help them educate consumers on effective recycling initiatives along with how they can reduce the environmental impact of their consumption.
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