south australia\'s plastic bag ban plan divides readers
Environment Minister Gail Gago said that although the federal and state environment ministers failed yesterday to agree on a national approach, legislation banning SA plastic bags will continue.
\"For the sake of national consistency, we are prepared to maintain flexibility, but we are not prepared to postpone such a crucial step to meet the responsibility of more sustainable action in the world,\" she said . \".
AdelaideNow was overwhelmed by comments and votes in our online voting at 3.
At ten o\'clock P. M. , some of the 497 voters who opposed the ban supported the ban, while the rest wanted to tax plastic bags.
Many readers say they have repeatedly used plastic bags as bin liners.
Keith Black, from Lake Morson, said: \"We have to buy bin liners now and we have to cut more trees for paper bags. . .
Only the South Australian government will be so stupid.
Dave from Adelaide wrote: \"I can see it now --
Boys and girls aged 16 and 17 are verbally abused at checkout every day because they are unable to put all their purchases in 5 green bags and now customers have to buy another one.
Another reader said: \"You forced me to buy plastic trash can liners instead of having me reuse these bags as trash can liners or many other things I used to do. . .
This is not yet clear.
Some readers point out that \"eco-friendly bags\" require more resources to produce than plastic bags.
Narelle wrote: \"Great!
No plastic bags, forcing everyone to use big green plastic bags!
Read the label!
The bag in green is plastic. . .
Big, indestructible Africa
Woven polypropylene made of petroleum.
Tom from Adelaide says the green bag is the ultimate scam.
The energy and resources used in the manufacturing process are estimated to be about 500-
600 times higher than a single plastic bag. . .
\"If you shop once a week, that green bag needs to last 12 years before you break even,\" he said . \".
While some readers say plastic bags should be biodegradable, others say that since the process requires oxygen, biodegradable plastics do not break down in landfill sites.
Maggie Mayer noted that in Wales, supermarkets offer 5c rebates if customers bring their own bags, which greatly reduces the number of plastic bags used.
Other readers worry that the plastic trash can liner will suddenly become more expensive in January.
But only a few readers appreciated the government\'s plan.
Ian at Aberfoyle Park said, \"I haven\'t used plastic bags for more than two years and we won\'t miss them.
I can\'t believe how many people complain about it, and there are other ways to take your groceries from the store to your house!
Kangaroo Island has been banned from using plastic bags for several years, but from biodegradable plastic bags or paper bags, Mark said.
\"Over the next few years, watch other countries follow suit,\" he wrote . \".
While some readers say they will support a tax on plastic bags, there are calls for more responsibility for supermarket chains.
Mary of Hallet said: \"Why do we need legislation?
I would like an option to either use the green bag or pay for the plastic bag.
Does the Prime Minister think we can\'t make these simple decisions?
Stephen of St. Agnes said: \"Customers are forced to use plastic bags by supermarket chains and now want to charge us a fee.
Change the supermarket chain back to paper bags.