Em­brace bag ban

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Ash­lea Wi­toslawski

The state govern­ment launched a new cam­paign last week en­cour­ag­ing Vic­to­ri­ans to in­vest in re­us­able shop­ping bags ahead of a 2019 ban on light­weight, sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

The Bet­ter Bag Habits cam­paign was launched by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio, en­cour­ag­ing Vic­to­ri­ans to re­mem­ber their ‘‘bag, wal­let, keys and phone’’ when leav­ing the house.

‘‘Vic­to­ri­ans are al­ready say­ing no to plas­tic bags, but this cam­paign will en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make it a habit,’’ Ms D’Am­bro­sio said.

Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria re­search found about 75 per cent of Vic­to­ri­ans al­ready car­ried re­us­able bags when food shop­ping.

Young Vic­to­ri­ans and those on higher in­comes have been slow­est to say no to sin­gle-use bags, par­tic­u­larly when shop­ping for non-food items.

The re­search also found one in four males cur­rently re­lied on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags when food shop­ping com­pared to just one in seven fe­males.

The La­bor Govern­ment’s ban on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags will come into ef­fect late next year and will ap­ply to shop­ping bags less than 35 mi­crons thick.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the change at­tracted more than 8000 sub­mis­sions, with an over­whelm­ing 96 per cent in favour of the ban.

‘‘We’re stop­ping plas­tic pol­lu­tion and en­sur­ing Vic­to­ri­ans are ready to live with­out sin­gle-use, light­weight plas­tic bags,’’ Ms D’Am­bro­sio said.

The La­bor Govern­ment is also work­ing with other Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries to­wards a na­tional phase-out of thick plas­tic bags to fur­ther re­duce plas­tic pol­lu­tion in the en­vi­ron­ment.

Learn more about the Bet­ter Bag Habits cam­paign at sus­tain­abil­ity.vic.gov.au

Bring your own bags: The state govern­ment Bet­ter Bag Habits cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing Vic­to­ri­ans to in­vest in re­us­able shop­ping bags.

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