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Livingstone Council wants plastic bags scrapped state-wide

THE winds of change could be blowing in a plastic bag-free direction if Livingstone Shire Council has its way.

That's of course depending on which way the wind blows for the community.

At yesterday's Livingstone Shire Council meeting the local government body resolved to make small-step-forward recommendations to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) at a conference in Mackay next month.

At next month's conference, council representatives will try to encourage the LGAQ to call on the State Government to come up with ways to engage with the community about the pros and cons of plastic bags.

Ultimately, the council and several community groups want them scrapped.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said when the issue came up in the past, the government backed away from the idea because getting rid of plastic bags was unpopular with the community.

"Some people are happy to get plastic bags from the supermarket and reuse them in their litter bins, or other things," he said.

"However, the problem now is that there are too many of them in our community and they end up in our environment... we need to say to the State Government that we need assistance to get a process in place. It will be a long journey to get people on board."

Cr Nigel Hutton said he wanted Livingstone Shire's message to the LGAQ to be absolutely clear.

In an alarming revelation to the council and the public gallery, Cr Adam Belot said he discovered at a Rockhampton Material Recovery Facility meeting that 25% of the material that came from Central Queensland recycling bins was landfill waste. This was well above the state average of 12%.

"This region is not adopting well with its recycling ideologies and patterns... we have a long way to go," Cr Belot said.

Topics:  lgaq, livingstone shire council, plastic bags




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