Make a SubmissionUse the form below to make your own submission to the Victorian Inquiry in to plastic pollution.
Making a public submission sends a powerful message to the Government that Victorians from across the state want action on plastic pollution.
Below is some information you should include in your submission;
- Estimates from the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 suggest there are over 124 million pieces of individual plastic littering Australia’s coastline.
- The Tri-partisan 2016 Senate Inquiry into plastic pollution urged State Governments to phase out plastic bags and microbeads.
- 2004 data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the nation consuming 9 billion plastic bags amounting to 36,850 tonnes of plastic annually.
- Clean Up Australia research shows that only 3% of plastic bags are recycled.
- The United Nations says that more than 663 species (including whales, seals, dugong, seabirds, turtles, and coral) are affected by marine debris.
- Victorian’s want beaches, creeks and rivers that are free of plastic pollution.
- A Large movement of scientists and community groups support phasing out plastic bags and microbeads.
- Victoria is being left behind because South Australia, the ACT, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory all have plastic bag bans or reduction schemes in place.
- Internationally, a significant number of states have moved to remove, reduce or prohibit plastic bags, including; Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, and the USA.