retailers ignore target to cut plastic bags

by:Yucai     2019-12-25
A confidential report shows that large Australian retailers have ignored government targets to halve the use of plastic bags.
The retail industry details the plan to dispose of plastic bag waste in the draft national code of practice.
The code leaked to age did not mention halving 6 people.
Shoppers use 9 billion packs per year
The goal set by the federal and state environmental ministers in December.
Ministers last year set two key goals for the industry: reducing the use of plastic bags by half and increasing recycling from 3 percentage points of plastic bags to 50 percentage points.
The ministers made it clear that customers will face bag tax if the industry fails.
Ministers have also set a community \"ideal\" goal to reduce plastic bag waste by 75 by next year
The goal of code processing.
The Minister of Environment plans to consider a draft industry code for the management of plastic bags on Friday.
The code does not set a goal of cutting the use of plastic bags, but includes measures to discourage customers from using them.
If the minister accepts the draft code, the customer can expect: checkout staff to increase the number of items per bag.
The checkout staff asked if a package was needed.
\"Informed\" of the benefits of responsible disposal and reduced use of plastic bags \".
Re-encourageduse bags.
More visible recycling stations and signage to increase customer awareness.
More trials of plastic bag alternatives.
Retailers, including large supermarket chains, have promised
Test the roadside collection of plastic bags with the local government.
The industry will also try to store plastic bags made partly from recycled materials.
But the draft bill worries plastic bag activists and former Olympic athlete Ron Clark.
He noted that the law says the vast majority of plastic bags are \"repackaged \".
For purposes that are beneficial to the environment \".
\"They are talking about plastic bags just like they are good for the environment,\" he said . \".
\"Plastic bags are harmful to the environment, whether recycled or landfill.
\"Mr. Clark said that the draft code revealed the core of the industry\'s reluctance to address the problem, which he believed was first and foremost the amount of luggage given to customers.
\"They have moved their target position and are only talking about rubbish now.
At the same time, they wasted everyone\'s time and distributed more than 3 billion bags, \"he said.
Victoria\'s prime environment group, Environment Victoria, has written to federal environment minister David Kemp expressing frustration at the lack of progress in the industry.
Environment Victoria believes that the focus on garbage makes any assessment of the code of practice very difficult.
The letter also raised concerns in Victoria about the collection of plastic bags on the roadside.
\"The recycling of plastic bags is very problematic and should not be considered as a way to reduce the overall consumption of plastic bags or litter,\" the letter said . \".
\"In fact, the roadside collection system for recycling plastic bags may worsen the problem of garbage.
Stan Moore, national policy director of the Australian retailer association, will not comment on the code because it is not a \"public document \".
He said the bill will be revised before Friday\'s ministerial meeting.
Sources told TIME that the National Packaging Convention committee was not satisfied with the code when it was submitted to the committee last week.
The industry was told that it should go and modify the code before submitting it to the minister, including addressing the goal of reducing the bag.
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