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About plastic:

Plastics are made from nonrenewable natural resources such as crude oil, gas and coal. Just 8.7 checkout bags contain enough embodied petroleum
energy to drive a car 1km

1) Non-biodegradable plastics bags can last in the environment for up to 1,000 years.
2) Australians use 6.9 billion shopping bags each year.
3) If 6.9 billion plastic bags were tied together, they would circle the globe 42 ? times.
4) Plastic bags are lightweight and moisture resistant which means they float easily in air and water, often travelling long distances.
5) It is estimated that a total of between 50 and 80 million bags enter the Australian environment as litter every year.
6) Each side of the plastic sheet would be 4km long and it would be big enough to cover the Melbourne CBD.
7) It has been estimated that it costs governments, businesses and community groups over $4 million per annum to clean up littered plastic shopping bags.
8) Australians dump 4000 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute, or 230,000 every hour

Effects on Marine life:
1) There are approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in each square mile of our oceans.
2) It is estimated that plastic kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year.
3) 90% of Albatross chicks on Midway Island (a remote Pacific atoll) had plastic bag remnants in their gullets, while turtles, dolphins and killer whales choke or starve by confusing plastic bags for jellyfish.

Effects on Landfills:
1) An estimated, 6.67 billion or 36,700 tonnes of plastic bags are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia each year.
2) Some plastic shopping bags are disposed directly into the waste stream, while many are reused as garbage bags, and subsequently sent to landfill.
3) Source: clean up Australia