Plastic bags, packaging & microbeads
In 2016 the Greens introduced a private member’s bill into the Victorian Parliament that proposed to ban plastic bags and microbeads, and prohibit supermarkets from selling fresh fruit and vegetables in unnecessary plastic and foam packaging.
The day before the bill was to be debated in Parliament, Premier Andrews announced on Channel Ten’s The Project a ban on single use, lightweight plastic bags in Victoria. This was literally the least the Government could do. Both major parties subsequently voted the Greens bill down, effectively killing momentum to deal with plastic pollution in a meaningful way.
Single use plastic bags are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to plastic pollution. There’s a huge amount of public support for banning microbeads and drastically reducing plastic packaging and heavyweight shopping bags. The Greens will continue to push for action that genuinely moves Victoria towards a more sustainable and less wasteful future.