Plastic bags may disappear from Lismore checkouts
PLASTIC bags may disappear from Lismore checkouts after a vote to see them totally banned passed through council.
Lismore councillor Vanessa Ekins put forward the motion to support a ban on single-use plastic bags at Tuesday's council meeting.
Cr Ekins said plastic bags were a major problem already being addressed by other states.
"Councils around Australia are running campaigns to ban single use plastic bags,” she wrote in the Notice of Council Meeting.
"Although many local businesses and residents have reduced their need for single use plastic bags, council can take a much more active role.”
Plastic bag bans are already in place in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory, while the Queensland Government announced it will soon follow suit.
In a Northern Star poll conducted yesterday 68% of readers had voted in favour of the ban at the time of publication.
There were mixed thoughts from readers on the Facebook page.
"This has been on its way for years now,” Jessica Mills said.
"This is why everyone should have reusable bags.”
Against the ban, Tony Den said: "All light plastic go in one bag together then go in recycling bin these days.”
Mr Den was referring to Lismore council's Bag to Bag rule, which encourages people to put their plastic bags into one plastic bag and place it straight into the recycling bin.
The council's waste education officer Danielle Hannigan said while that has been effective the best thing would be to reduce the use of plastic bags.
The council will now write to the state and federal governments to urge them to introduce legislation that will ban single-use plastic shopping bags.
They will also contact local retailers to encourage them to reduce their plastic bag use.
Finally, the council will begin promoting and participating in the 2017 Plastic Free July campaign.