Ban single use plastic bags

With more than 2,100 kilometres of coastline and tens of thousands of kilometres of waterways, NSW should have taken a leading role in this important environmental protection measure.

The fact is plastic bags kill:

  • In NSW, up to 61 million bags are littered each year.
  • More than 70 percent of the rubbish entering our oceans is identified as plastic.
  • Plastic kills up to one million seabirds, countless fish and 100,000 sea mammals each year.

The Berejiklian Government has left NSW firmly at the bottom of the pack, as every other state and territory in Australia has already introduced or committed to bans on single-use plastic bags. Voluntary bans, as supported by the Berejiklian Government, do not work.

We have an obligation to protect the environment for future generations and safeguard our wildlife from harm, that’s why a Foley Labor Government will ban the bag in NSW.

Single-use plastic bags are the regular, thin shopping bags with handles such as those handed out at supermarkets.

The position of the Liberals and Nationals in NSW is reckless and irresponsible, and it will condemn countless birds, fish, turtles, and dolphins to painful, needless deaths.

In Opposition, Labor introduced laws to the NSW Parliament to ban plastic bags, but the Liberals and Nationals voted them down.

In Government, Labor will ban the bag and look at all options to reduce plastic pollution to ensure our environment is cleaner, healthier, and safer for us all – and that includes our precious native animals.