Leightweight plastic bags (as used in supermarkets) make up less than 0.2% of landfill waste in New Zealand,
They are are byproduct of oil production. If we didn't use the ethylene gas for making plastic bags then it would just be flared off into the atmosphere. So in a way, plastic bags are already recycled.
The SMH has a nice little story on the mad proposed Aussie ban:
All very virtuous-sounding, except none of it is based on fact. The Productivity Commission did a cost-benefit analysis in 2006 on the merits or otherwise of plastic bags, and found they comprise just 2 per cent of litter and it was not certain if they damaged animals.
But, as usual, green hysteria obscures the truth. For instance, Planet Ark's founder, Jon Dee, was quoted in 2006 saying he had been "inundated" with calls from farmers whose calves had died after swallowing plastic bags. But the National Farmers Federation has never heard of such a thing, a spokesman said yesterday. Nor has the Cattle Council of Australia had a single report.
As for the thick green so-called eco bag, which Garrett has described as "canvas", it also is a plastic bag, made of polypropylene. Each is the equivalent of 1000 of the original polyethylene bags, Jacobsen says. And "no one wants to recycle them," as the plastic requires a higher temperature to melt.
Oh dear. Do the environmentalists ever get anything right?
Er, no, I don' think so.