NSW Greens MP and Environment spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has welcomed news that both Woolworths and Coles will phase out single use plastic bags in NSW over the next 12 months, and has implored the NSW Government to ban the bag entirely in NSW.
Dr Faruqi said:
“While NSW Government is unwilling to take action, big businesses like Woollies and Coles have taken it upon themselves to ban single use plastic bags in NSW. Their decisions are welcome indeed.
“In a matter of weeks, my plastic bag ban petition got over 100,000 signatures. Community support is huge. People can see evidence of destruction caused by plastic bags to environment, especially the impacts on marine life including turtles and sea birds.
“With a State Environment Ministers meeting only days away, the time for action is now.
“Why must NSW Government be the last bastion of terrible environmental policies? South Australia, ACT, the Northern Territory and Tasmania already have state-wide bans.
“The NSW Government must step up and have the guts to ban the bag. I call on Premier Berejiklian to make the announcement and ban plastic bags in NSW.