Search:



Plea to ban plastic dome lids

Posted: 5am 14 Jun 2021

Two Deception Bay women are campaigning for dome plastic lids to be banned alongside plastic straws and cutlery in a bid to protect birds, lizards and marine life.

Wendy Wallin and Julie Jess have a petition on change.org, which has more than 3500 signatures and are calling on the State Government to ban the lids found on takeaway drink cups and ice cream sundaes.

It all started when a Corella, which was a regular visitor to Julie’s garden, turned up one day with a dome lid stuck around its neck.

Attempts to catch the bird, and free it, were unsuccessful and it vanished. Julie believes it died.

She showed Wendy a photo she took of the bird and she knew she had to do something.

“I often find littered on my local beach, or floating in the shallows, hazardous fishing line and discarded takeaway containers, including these plastic ‘dome lid nooses’ and many solid ring seals from under plastic caps,” Wendy explains.

“The risk doesn't only lie in dome lids being trapped around the neck of a poor creature, they also resemble jelly fish in the water.

“On my daily walks, I pick up discarded dome lids in shopping centre car parks, gutters, beaches, community parks and playgrounds. These items are lethal to all wildlife.”

The lids were not included in the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020, but the campaigners hope they will be added at some stage.

Say no to dome lids

In the meantime, they want consumers to say no to the lids when ordering takeaway. If they must use a lid, they should cut it in half before disposing of it in a recycling bin.

“The ultimate goal now is to educate people. They need to realise the hazards,” Wendy says.

“We’re trying to make people think of these things differently. We can do better.”

She says half-full drinks and ice creams should not be carelessly discarded, where birds and lizards might be tempted to take a sip and get stuck.

They are also calling on people to pick up litter, when the see it.

“We’ll never be able to stop people from throwing litter on the ground, and big corporations are not going to change unless they have to because they have years of supplies of this stuff,” Ms Jess says.

“We want companies that buy or make them to come up with a solution.”

Ideally, this solution would involve flat lids made from recycled cardboard, which do not have a hole but instead have a cross that can be perforated in the middle. They believe dome lids are unnecessary and could easily be replaced by a safer alternative, or no lid at all.

“It’s about saving wildlife from human convenience,” Wendy says.

“We’ve all got to play a part in this. I think most people would care, if they knew.”

The pair believes plastic ring seals on jars and bottles pose the same risk, and they would like to see them banned too.

The petition can be found at http://chng.it/w82TGW9TDp

Share

Trending

Putting spring in their step

Students at the Australian Trade Training College in Scarborough will be literally Stepping in Spring tomorrow (September 1).…

Trail bikes on trial in Mango Hill, North Lakes

Police from the Mango Hill North Lakes station are swapping road motorbikes for trail bikes to get around the Moreton Bay Region’s bushland, parks, rail corridors and cycle paths.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   1-8-2021  •   Kylie Knight

COVID-19 UPDATE: Nine new cases

There have been nine new cases detected of COVID-19's Delta variant in the community in the past 24 hours and all are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster. Here's the latest from this morning's press conference.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Community rallies to support producers

The community has rallied to support producers devasted by the snap lockdown and cancellation of this weekend’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival. They have bought about $10,000 worth of produce and will collect it tomorrow at Dayboro and Samford.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Students ready to hack into data for skills test

USC Engineering and Computer Science students will hack into open government data next month to find solutions to real-world problems at GovHack, which is being hosted by USC Moreton Bay for the first time.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Lockdown forces events to cancel

The snap three-day lockdown, which takes effect at 4pm today has forced the cancellation of many big and small events across the region. Here’s a list…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Snap three-day lockdown from 4pm

Moreton Bay Region is one of 11 council areas going into a snap three-day lockdown from 4pm today. It comes as Deputy premier Steven Miles announced seven new cases in Queensland in the last 24 hours.…

Local News   •   31-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

‘80s party vibe strikes a chord

Redcliffe-based band the Killtoys have found inspiration in the pop/new wave vibes of the 1980s for their latest single and it seems the punters are loving it.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition

Close