Feed­back sought on plas­tic bag ban

BAN COMES INTO EF­FECT ON JULY 1

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

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.”

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