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Qld govt seeks plastic bag ban reactions

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016

The Palaszczuk government's planned ban of single-use plastic bags in Queensland is up for discussion.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles on Friday released a public discussion paper to ensure the community has its say on the 2018 ban of lightweight single-use plastic shopping bags.

Mr Miles said the policy may be light on detail but the Labor government wants as much feedback as possible so it gets the right balance when the ban comes into effect.

"Retailers and environmental and community groups who attended plastic bag workshops in Queensland in 2015 and a national plastic bag roundtable in Sydney in February 2016 agreed there was a need to restrict single-use plastic shopping bags," he said in a statement.

"The Queensland government sees a plastic bag ban as a critical step in a long term plastic pollution reduction plan."

The proposed ban will follow similar bans already in place in South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls earlier this week pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags from shopping centres if the Liberal National Party was elected at the next state poll, due in early 2018.

"They are used on average for about 12 minutes but they can take up to a thousand years to disintegrate in the environment," Mr Nicholls said.

"In that time they cause untold damage to marine life, to turtles and to dugongs."

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