plastic bag use drops sharply
But for more people, the old bad habits are still hard to get rid.
New research results released today show that the use of plastic shopping bags in Australia has dropped by 1.
There have been 3 billion people in the past year.
Supermarket retailers and their customers have not yet received information.
Australian health minister Ian Kilnan even reported an increase in plastic bags collected on National cleaning day.
A coalition of relevant green groups, including the Australian Conservation Foundation, insisted that the survey showed that retailers could not be trusted to voluntarily reduce the use of plastic bags and would like to introduce taxes or bans.
According to the new Planet Ark survey data, supermarkets are cleaning up their behavior on plastic bags, but not
Supermarket retailers are generally in the chain.
The use of plastic bags in supermarkets has dropped by 27, and chain stores are confident to achieve a 50 reduction target by the end of this year.
\"Despite the hope of this beginning, Australia is still using 5.
58 billion plastic inspection-
\"Take out your luggage every year,\" said Jon Dee, founder of the Ark, in a statement.
\"Supermarkets do a great job of getting Australians to use millions of eco-friendly bags.
\"But too many fast food restaurants, news agents, pharmacies, liquor stores and other types of businesses do little or nothing to reduce the use of plastic bags.
Mr. Dee said that under the Australian retailer association\'s code of practice, an agreement was reached to halve the use of regular foods
Use plastic bags by the end of this year.
\"The study of Planet Ark reveals
\"Supermarket retailers are meeting this challenge,\" he said . \"
Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell held a plastic bag round table today, where the main participants planned the next steps to solve the problem of plastic bags.
\"One of the biggest challenges is moving the success of major Australian retailers to Africa
\"Supermarket retail stores,\" he said.
\"From the Commonwealth perspective, we see the impact of plastic bags in waste logistics, its impact on marine life (and)
Our original environment. \"Ian (Kiernan)
Speaking at this morning\'s meeting, despite our success in retail, on cleaning day in Australia, the evidence shows that the number of plastic bags has actually increased, in the flow of garbage
Mr. Kiernan says plastic bags are a disaster for the environment.
\"They are essentially petrochemical and very durable and they are cumulative and that will be one of the reasons why we see the actual increase in the number of plastic bags on Australian cleaning day,\" he said.
He described the success so far as low collection
Hanging fruit, hard picking is still coming.
Senator Campbell said he was seeking the consent of the retail representative to finalize a formal agreement to reduce plastic bags.
A spokesman for the ACF, Suzy Brown, said 2003 session of the Conference of environment ministers had promised that mandatory measures would be taken if retailers failed to meet their targets.
\"Let\'s not wait for further failure.
We must act now . \"-