Brissie was a street kid.
She used to stand outside her mother’s home for hours, picking up garbage and other garbage.
“We had a lot of things thrown on the street and I would pick them up and throw them back, and people would say ‘I’ve got that here, how do I get it off the street?'” she says.
In 2011, Brisbane City Council passed a motion banning the use of plastic bags and cardboard boxes in the city. “
But they didn’t like it, so I stopped doing it.”
In 2011, Brisbane City Council passed a motion banning the use of plastic bags and cardboard boxes in the city.
The motion was signed by Mayor Bridget McKenzie, who was appointed by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
She said the bags were a waste of resources and could be dangerous.
“We are not a place where we allow people to get a life outside of our city limits,” she said.
“The bags are not safe and they are not used by people who want to be outside of the city limits.”
Since then, bags have been banned on city streets, with one Brisbane City councillor calling them “the worst waste of money”.
Brisbane’s plan to ban bags is being supported by the Australian National University, with the council planning to spend $400,000 on research on the issue.
But, says Bridget, the bags are being used in other ways.
“People don’t want to use it in the streets.
People don’t like the smell,” she says, adding the city has found “an easy way to recycle them”.
She also wants to see people take back the streets to where they live.
“It’s a great way to get away from it,” she adds.
“So if people want to go back to their own homes and have a better life outside the city, they can.”
While Bridget says she is “against” the bag ban, she is supporting a campaign for people to recycle the waste.
The campaign is supported by The Queensland Business Association, which has partnered with Brisbane City to collect plastic bags for use in recycling stations.
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