Letter to the editor: 36% reduction in plastic bags going to landfill since 2011

The good news about the plastic bag ban in the ACT is that the government’s 2014 review found that plastic bags going to landfill had reduced by 36% since the ban was introduced in November 2011. 

This means that the total weight of plastic bags added to landfill dropped from 266 tonnes in the six months prior to the ban to 171 tonnes in the six months following its introduction. It also found most shoppers took reusable bags always (48%) or most (31%) of the time.

This is good but as Mr Rodgers (CT letters 4 July) said - we can do better. The ACT Greens will continue to call for reduced waste including by using only fully compostable plastic bags or reusable bags in the ACT.