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Moving Away from Single Use Plastics

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 2 June 2022

Tags: Environment, Waste, Plastic

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Today the Greens tabled the Waste and Resource Recovery Amendment (Single-Use Plastics) Bill 2022.

This bill, if legislated will save the lives of tens of thousands, even millions of invertebrates, fish and birdlife. By extension, it will prevent the slow poisoning-by-plastic of all species throughout the food chain, including humans. It will relieve the burden on landfill, and prevent the unnecessary use of harmful resources.

Plastics are insidious to our environment, but they don’t need to be the throw away item they are today. We have to turn around our plastic problem, and for Tasmania that starts with this Bill.

The Bill will ban the sale of certain single-use plastics over one year to enable businesses to transition. It recognises the needs of critical care settings, such as in medical and dental, if sustainable options are unavailable or non-existent.

The bill will encourage manufacturers to identify innovative product designs for sustainable alternatives, and educate manufacturers and consumers alike about what products are compostable.

Innovation and education are the keys to solving this huge problem. Tasmania, through this Greens’ initiative, can be at the forefront for making the big changes we need.

You can find the bill here -