The State Government is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags in a bid to reduce pollution and preserve marine life.
Environment Minister Steven Miles has called for a ban on plastic bags in Queensland.
The State Government has established an advisory council with representatives from regional councils, the retail industry and conservationists to assist in preparing for public consultation on the move later this year.
“Forty per cent of the small turtles travelling through the bay have been recently found to have consumed plastics and more than two thirds of the endangered loggerhead turtle,” Mr Miles media this week.
“All of us need to take some responsibility for that.
“Banning single-use plastic bags is one really practical way we can reduce litter and to help our turtles.”
Mr Miles said there was more litter in Queensland than in any other state, with discarded rubbish recorded at levels almost 40 per cent above the national average.
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