Reusable Shopping Bag Promotion
The Queensland Government introduced a ban on the supply of single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags on 1 July 2018. It is estimated that close to one billion single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags were used in Queensland each year. While the majority of these bags end up in landfill, around 16 million plastic shopping bags end up in the environment in Queensland each year.1
Some heavier, thicker shopping bags, fruit and vegetable bags, dog poo bags, and garbage bags are not included in the ban.
Reusable shopping bags are being promoted as an alternative to the single-use shopping bags once used. Choosing bags that have a lower life cycle impact, and are likely to be used enough times to offset these costs, should be a consideration when choosing a bag. The banned single-use shopping bag, was generally made from high density polyethylene (HDPE), and caused a major impact on environmental pollution, particularly marine life. Green bags, made from polypropylene (PP), are overall better than HDPE bags.2 A green bag has to be used more than 23 times before it becomes a better option than single-use bags.3 Some studies suggest a cotton bag has to be used 131 times to equal the environmental impact of a HDPE bag used just once.
Regardless of your choice, to maximise the benefits of reusable shopping bags, it is important that they are reused as many times as possible, and recycled at their end of life.
To support our residents in changing to reusable shopping bags, Council is giving away packs of 5 reusable shopping bags to Scenic Rim residents. The shopping bags are polypropylene (PP) non-woven bags. These bags, once worn out, can be recycled through redcycle (redcycle.net.au) drop off points. Bag packs will be available to the first 400 households that apply. Packs are limited to one per household, and will be available for collection from Beaudesert, Boonah, and Tamborine Mountain customer service centres. Bags will be available from the end of the week 23 July 2018. Residents will be notified when bags are ready for collection at their nominated collection location.
1. Plastic bag ban - for shoppers, Queensland Government, www.qld.gov.au, 29 June 2018
2. Plastic bag ban: Many alternatives have huge environmental footprints, Benedict Brook, news.com.au, 21 June 2018
3. Want to be a green shopper?, Uta Mihm, choice.com.au, 28 November 2016
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Council has adopted a long-term Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan to help address the challenges of sustainably managing waste now and into the future. Although Council can implement key strategies, adopt new technology, provide infrastructure solutions and plan for the region’s future, successful implementation of waste reduction and recycling strategies require the ongoing support of the community.
Recycling is a great way to help the environment when it comes to waste. But it is just one step in the waste cycle. To minimise the amount of waste we create we need to look at all the steps in the waste cycle. The easiest way to do this is to remember: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Using your recycling bin effectively
Use your 240-litre Council recycling bin for:
- Glass bottles and jars
- Steel cans, including aerosol cans
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Newspaper, cardboard, magazines and advertising brochures
- Aluminium cans
- Juice and milk cartons
- Lids from bottles and jars
Do not place in your recycle bin:
- Food scraps
- Garden waste
- Plate glass/heat resistant glass
- Plastic bags
- Household waste
- Rocks, dirt, stones
- Building materials
- Oil, acid or other chemicals
Do not place your recyclables in plastic bags. Recyclable materials should be placed loosely in your recycle bin.
Studies in Scenic Rim region have shown that up to 30 per cent of the materials presented for weekly waste collection are organic and could be composted at home. Composting at home is easy and will not only help reduce waste but will also produce an excellent soil conditioner/ fertiliser for your plants and gardens.
Kitchen scraps and garden waste can account for up to 50 per cent of domestic rubbish. Residents are encouraged to turn their food and vegetable scraps and grass clippings into organic garden fertiliser.
Compost Bin Rebate Program
Council would like to support residents of the region who reduce their food waste going to landfill, by providing a $30 rebate towards the purchase of a selected compost bin. The rebate is available to residents (limit one per property) who purchase a 220-Litre Compost Bin at participating Mitre 10 retailers located in Beaudesert, Boonah, Tamborine Mountain and Kalbar. The rebate will consist of 50% (maximum $30) off the total price of a selected compost bin valued at $60, or alternatively $30 off any other selected compost bin stocked by the retailer of same or higher value.
To apply for the rebate, please complete the online form below, and a voucher will be posted out to you. Vouchers must be presented and surrendered upon purchase of the compost bin to obtain the discount. Please note that compost bin stocks will vary from store to store, and a waiting period may apply for orders. If you would like further information, please phone Council's Waste section.