AUSTRALIANS throw out an estimated 4 billion plastic bags each year. That’s 7150 potentially recyclable bags per minute, the majority of which become one of the 430,000 ending up in landfill every hour.
Potentially more damaging are the estimated 80 million plastic bags end up in the environment as litter here in Australian every year.
Each one of these plastic bags takes around 1000 years to decompose, before which often ending up blocking drains, trapping birds, or even killing wildlife and livestock.
These devastating statistics were compiled by Margaret Garrard, a Euroa resident championing the cause to make the Shire of Strathbogie plastic bag free.
Ms Garrard made a submission to council which outlined her reasoning for ‘banning the bags’.
“There is no good evidence into why we should continue using plastic bags. No reason at all,” Ms Garrard said.