I have to give props to the state of South Australia for not goin' out like suckers and officially banning single use plastic shopping bags
. This ban will stop more than 400 million bags a year entering landfills and getting into waterways. Shops must supply reusable or environmentally friendly alternatives such as cornstarch or paper bags.
Retailers could get an on the spot fine of $315, or a maximum penalty of $5,000 if they are caught breaching the ban.
Target Australia has also got on board the ban of single use plastic bags as of June 1st 2009. The ban at Target's 283 stores will result in just under 3 per cent of the 4 billion bags that pass through checkouts each year. So let's press the rest of Australia and the World to do the same. If the world powers can follow each other into destruction, leading one another toward salvation should me mad easy...
Target CEO, Launa Inman, is quoted as saying: "Target says they won’t give away any more free bags, but will make available for sale a range of corn starch bags, or reusable bags. Profits from the sale of reuseable bags will be forwarded to the national charity, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, who work to keep children safe from violence.
Target managing director Launa Inman said: "It wasn't a matter of if we stop issuing plastic shopping bags, it was a matter of when, and the when for Target is now."
The ban was a "major breakthrough", said Jon Dee, chairman of environment group Do Something! and founder of the national campaign to ban bags.
"It's wonderful to see a major national retailer taking the lead by removing plastic shopping bags from its stores," he said.