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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 835..


(2) The total revenue obtained through waste disposal charges for (a) commercial waste was $12,401,748 and (b) domestic waste was $2,310,672 (1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011).

(3) The total cost to the ACT Government for the disposal of electronic waste between 1 January 2011 and 14 February 2012 was $759,938.79 (excluding GST).

(4) No offenders have been prosecuted for illegal dumping since 1 July 2011.

(5) Six infringements have been issued for illegal dumping since 1 July 2011.

(6) Nil penalties have been imposed for those prosecutions referred to in part (4).

Environment—plastic bag ban (Question No 2007)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 14 February 2012 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) How many warnings have been issued to retailers relating to non compliance with the Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010 since November 2011.

(2) How many prosecutions against retailers have occurred relating to non compliance with the Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010 since November 2011.

(3) What penalties were imposed for those prosecutions referred to in part (2).

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Since 1 June 2011 the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) has completed 2,230 inspections of ACT businesses pursuant to the Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010.

The inspections occurred in two phases. The initial visits were to inform retailers of the requirements of the Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010 and to provide advice to ensure compliance with the Act. A number of retailers were prepared for the ban and had arranged for alternative bags in which to supply their products.

The ORS completed follow up visits in early November 2011 upon commencement of the Act. As a result of these visits, the ORS identified 27 businesses that appeared to be supplying banned shopping bags. The ORS advised these businesses to immediately source alternative bags to supply to customers. The ORS has followed up on these 27 businesses issuing compliance advice letters and subsequently issued formal warning letters to four (4) of these businesses. The ORS has directed these businesses to immediately cease supplying non-compliant bags or risk being issued with an Infringement Notice. These matters are still under ORS investigation.

(2) None.

(3) Not applicable.


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