October 1, 2019
Lightweight, single use plastic bags will be banned in Victoria from November 1 – following an announcement in June from the State Government preparing retailers for the ban1.
Plastic production generally is increasing around the world, but with it comes a global issue of it being discarded incorrectly, with Australia only recycling around 11%2.
It is estimated that at least 8 million tonnes of plastic will enter the world’s oceans each year3.
A crucial step in protecting Victoria’s rivers, water ways, oceans and wildlife, the upcoming plastic bag ban aligns with legislation already in place in South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory who have already banned single use plastic bags.