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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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The Impacts of Degradable Plastic Bags in Australia

ExcelPlas Australia, Centre for Design at RMIT, Nolan-ITU
Department of the Environment and Heritage, April 2004

About the Report

The Impacts of Degradable Plastic Bags in Australia Cover

The Department of the Environment and Heritage on behalf of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) commissioned this study, to investigate the full impacts of introducing degradable plastic bags in the Australian market. In particular, it aimed to examine the effects on national recycling efforts, local manufacturing, and landfills.

The work undertaken for this report builds on previous studies for the Department of the Environment and Heritage, including:


Funding for this project was provided by the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Neither the Government nor the Department have considered the contents of this report. In the interests of fostering robust debate on ways forward, the Department is making this material available to all interested parties, prior to detailed consideration of the recommendations.

While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Australian Government does not accept liability for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.

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