Our Legislation

Nina Springle's bill to to prevent plastic pollution.

The Greens are introducing a private member’s bill into the Victorian Parliament that will ban plastic bags and microbeads, and prohibit supermarkets from selling fresh fruit and vegetables in unnecessary plastic and foam packaging.

Every year, Australians consume an additional 3 million tonnes of plastic. That includes an incredible 3.92 billion new plastic bags. Very little of this plastic is recycled, and it takes hundreds of years to degrade. Meanwhile, it causes the death of countless turtles, penguins, dolphins, fish, seabirds and other marine animals.

Our bill recognises that the only effective way to prevent plastic pollution is to prevent the consumption of plastic in the first place. The bill sets out what plastics will be banned, who will be prohibited from selling or supplying it, and what the penalties will be. The bill also requires much better reporting about the levels of plastic in the environment.

Thin, so-called “single-use” plastic shopping bags have already been banned in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT. Other countries that have already banned plastic bags include Bangladesh, India, China, Mexico, Brazil, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Rwanda.

We’re very keen to hear everyone’s feedback about what we’re proposing to do.

Thank you for all the feedback we received. We received hundreds of submission, most with overwhelming support for our legislation. You can view our response here.

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