McGowan Government gives green light to bag ban

McGowan Government gives green light to bag ban

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Western Australia from July 1 next year.

The State-wide ban will bring Western Australia into line with South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory which already have plastic bag bans in place. Queensland has also vowed to ban the bag from July 1, 2018.

Plastic bags make up a relatively small portion of solid waste and litter but can significantly harm marine wildlife and birds which can inadvertently eat or become entangled in plastic bag waste.

WA’s plastic bag ban has garnered widespread support across the local government sector in recent months and among major retailers which are some of the biggest suppliers of plastic shopping bags.

Major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and IGA have indicated their intention to ban single-use plastic bags while some WA retailers – including Aldi and Bunnings – already support the ban by not offering single-use plastic bags to their customers.

“This is a positive step to address plastic pollution across the State,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

“This includes a ban on single-use plastic bags and the introduction of a container deposit scheme for Western Australia which will limit the amount of plastic beverage containers that end up in the waste stream.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said, “This is a change the Fremantle community has been pushing for for many years.

I’m proud to be part of a government that is rolling out this state-wide ban, which will help protect our native wildlife and reduce waste.”