Sunday, 1 March marked the 25th anniversary of Clean Up Australia
Day, an annual event at which hundreds of thousands of volunteers collect the litter from their local environment. (In the case of many Wildlife Queensland Branches and catchment groups this kind of clean-up activity continues regularly year round).
This year Wildlife Queensland joined forces with Clean Up Australia and the Boomerang Alliance in calling for the new Queensland government to step up its efforts to stop plastic bags and containers being discarded into the environment in the first place.
According to the Clean Up Rubbish Report 2014, plastics and drink containers are still a major problem, with beverage containers representing over 37 percent of the Top 10 items collected by volunteers.
”We are calling on the Queensland government to phase out single-use plastic bags and introduce a container deposit scheme,” said founder of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan, on behalf of the partnered organisations. ”After 25 years of solid work by hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders, it’s time for their government to acknowledge the efforts of these volunteers and demonstrate some leadership,” he said.
Wildlife Queensland and the Boomerang Alliance have followed up this call, presenting the new Government with a 100-Day Plan to demonstrate that the state is serious about litter and removing its threat to our precious wildlife.
Within the 100 days, the allied organisations wish to see:
- The public release of a discussion paper on options to restrict single-use plastic bags (and other non-biodegradable plastic packaging)
- The instigation of an investigation into a container deposit scheme for Queensland.
Please join our campaign! Contact your local MP and ask them to publicly support this action. If your local MP is from the ALP, remind them these actions are election promises. If your local MP is from the LNP, make the point that these actions should have been part of their policies.