Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has announced that the state will ban single-use plastic shopping bags by 2018. About 800 million plastic bags are used there every year.
The government has been considering a ban for more than a year. Miles said Queensland would push ahead and not wait for Victoria and NSW to come on board for an east-coast ban.
Queensland will join South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania, which already have similar bans in place. This move and the implementation of a Container Deposit Scheme will help stop these highly damaging items from impacting on the environment.
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