When will the plastic bag ban start?
What type of plastic bags are included in the state wide bans?
- Single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness (like the ones Woolies are banning)
- HDPE lightweight plastic bags
- Barrier bags for unpacking perishable food (fruit, vegetables and fish).
- Bin liners and garbage bags are still allowed
- Plastic nappy bags
- Dog poo bags
Why should plastic bags be banned?
- The average Australian uses 170 plastic bags a year, 3.92 billion are used Australia wide.
- 200,000 plastic bags are dumped in landfill every hour and only 3% are recycled.
- Plastic bags are used on average for 12-minutes but can take up to 1000 years to decompose.