Taking stock of plastic bag ban
THE plastic bag ban is almost upon us; let’s look at a few curly questions you might be pondering ahead of the big switch.
What happens to the backlog of bags stores have? Are they going into landfill?
Woolworths and Coles spokespeople have said the companies have been managing their inventory to reduce stock and will be recycling bags into sustainable products and via the REDcycle program respectively.
A Department of Water and Environmental Regulation spokeswoman said some shops had already removed the bags, while others were assessing whether they need to provide alternatives or offer bags at all.
Who gets fined for stocking them? What happens to small businesses?
Supply of a banned lightweight bag will be an offence from January 1, 2019, with a penalty of $5000. From July 1, it is an offence for a supplier or manufacturer to provide false or misleading information about bags.
What are the best options for reusable bags?
Waste consultant and sustainability educator Lindsay Miles suggests recycled PET bags. Put bags in strategic locations as a reminder.
Waste consultant and sustainability educator Lindsay Miles.