Feedback sought on plastic bag ban
BAN COMES INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1
THE State Government is urging people to start changing their plastic bag use, with less than six months to go until the ban on plastic bags comes into effect.
WA will follow South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT and ban plastic bags as of July 1 after a survey found 84 per cent of respondents supported a ban.
Public submissions are now open for feedback on the ban and implementation options designed to assist retailers and consumers.
It is estimated that 360 million single-use plastic bags were used in WA in 2017, with a majority of them only used for 12 minutes, with five million littered and causing a devastating impact on marine wildlife and birds.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said major retailers were some of the biggest suppliers of plastic bags.
“Major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and IGA – intend to ban lightweight, single-use plastic bags, while some retailers including Bunnings and Aldi already support the ban by not offering these bags to customers,” he said.
“The discussion paper gives the community an opportunity to be part of efforts to reduce the impact of plastic bags on our environment.
“This government is committed to reducing the amount of waste generated, increasing the amount of material recovered and reducing the disposal of waste to landfill, as well as decreasing littering.
“This initiative will help us achieve these goals.”