Tak­ing stock of plas­tic bag ban

Stirling Times - - Mid-Year Adjustment -

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.

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Waste con­sul­tant and sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tor Lind­say Miles.

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