Member for Warrego, Ann Leahy has welcomed the move to ban supermarket style plastic bags, a move she says has been a key LNP environmental initiative.
The laws for the phase out were passed into law by State Parliament last week and will come into effect next year.
Ms Leahy says single-use plastic bags had an average lifespan of just 12 months but could take years to fully decompose.
“Last week the Waste and Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 was passed in the Queensland State Parliament to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags and introduce a container deposit scheme to start on 1 July 2018.”
“Queenslanders use around one billion plastic bags every year and the average family collects more than 60 per week.
“By phasing out single-use plastic bags from our local supermarkets, we are making an important investment in our future and helping to keep waste in landfill sites and not carried or blown about in the neighbours yards and paddocks.”
“In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to phase out plastic bags by 2008, but so far only South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT have fulfilled that promise.”
“Queensland can now join as one of the states that has fulfilled the promise.”
Ms Leahy says there are plenty of alternatives to the single-use plastic bag.
“By making a simple lifestyle change, local families can make a huge difference.”
“Bring-your-own bags, heavy retail bags, paper bags and barrier bags for fruit vegetables and meat will not be banned.”