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No commitment has been made to extend CBRfree to the Erindale Group Centre, but Erindale is one of a number of group centres where preliminary design and engineering and cost working is being conducted. Priorities will be established in consideration of factors noted in (3) above.

(6) Has there been any investigation into installing access points at Erindale; if so, can the Minister provide a copy of any findings.

No design or cost investigations have been completed for Erindale Group Centre.

Environment—plastic bag ban (Question No 1694)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, upon notice, on 24 August 2018:

(1) How has the plastic bag ban affected consumer behaviour since its introduction in 2011.

(2) What evidence does the Minister have to support the answer to part (1).

(3) How many tonnes of plastic waste have gone to landfill in the ACT in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014, (e) 2015, (f) 2016, (g) 2017 and (h) 2018.

(4) How many plastic bags have gone to landfill in the ACT in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014, (e) 2015, (f) 2016, (g) 2017 and (h) 2018.

(5) Why does the ban not cover barrier bags (tear-off-the-roll bags).

(6) What is the decision making process for banning certain types of bags.

(7) When will the ACT Government's plastic bag ban review be published and why has the review been delayed.

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

(1). The Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010 (the Act) came into effect in the ACT on 1 November 2011 following a four month transition period. The ACT's plastic bag ban was reviewed in 2012 and 2014, including through community surveys.

The 2014 survey found that:

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90% of people surveyed reported taking their own shopping bags more frequently as a result of the bag ban

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more than 70% of people surveyed did not want the ban overturned

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65% of those surveyed supported the ban for environmental reasons and agreed it had a positive effect on the environment

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almost 70% of people surveyed thought the ban should be implemented nationally.


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