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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous community of Woorabinda in Queensland bans plastic bags

A central Queensland Indigenous community is taking action to eliminate plastic bag litter.

The Woorabinda Shire Council will introduce a ban on plastic bags from 1 November 2012.

Platic bag litter has been a widespread problem in the community, with some residents reporting that local livestock had been spotted eating bags in paddocks.

Chief executive Mary Deakin says business operators in the town have been supportive of the idea so far.

'We've pretty much got everyone on board,' she said.

'The community, obviously until they use up their existing bag stock at home, I think they'll start to work with us on it.

'It's just going to take time to implement with everybody in the community.

'The shopkeepers have been very good.

'We have a state-run store here and they've been able to access bags like paper bags and recyclable bags as well and the post office have already changed over and they're going to use recyclable bags.'

For more information about rubbish and recycling initiatives in Indigenous communities, see the waste management section of the Indigenous environmental health practitioner resource on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Source: ABC

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Last updated: 9 November 2012
 
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