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New plans to reduce plastic waste across Queensland

By James Brown

Making Queensland a more eco-friendly environment is a long term endeavour that needs to be undertaken by both government and residents statewide. 

Luckily, a new initiative to help reduce plastic waste being dumped into the state's oceans could gain support from local residents of property in Burpengary.

Minister for environment and heritage protection Steven Miles said the amount of plastic entering the state's waterways was becoming a potential threat to marine wildlife. 

Taking a page from New South Wales, Dr Miles said the introduction of a container deposit scheme could be a good step forward to help encourage recycling and cut down on the amount of waste being sent into the ocean. 

"Across the country, between 2003 and 2005, major retailers voluntarily introduced measures to reduce the use of plastic bags, during which time plastic bag use decreased by around 45 per cent," said Dr Miles in a 20 May statement. 

"Unfortunately, in the 10 years since the voluntary action expired, plastic bag use has started to increase again."

After being introduced in South Australia – and more recently, New South Wales – the prospect of this scheme improving Queensland's marine sustainability could be a huge selling point for prospective buyers in the state. 

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