Ban on single use plastic bags

Photo: Cr Tim Baxter (City of Port Phillip).

The Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) called on the Victorian State Government to join South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, the ACT and Queensland in passing legislation to ban the distribution of free single use plastic bags. The ten councils of the ABM unanimously called for greater action to reduce the distribution and use of plastic bags.

As coastal councils, the ABM is acutely aware of the impacts of plastic bags on marine wildlife and waterways, and the amenity of our beaches, foreshores and parklands.  Port Phillip Bay is home to internationally significant coastal reserves, wetlands and waterways and the ten councils of the ABM play a key role in managing these significant assets.

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