Lightweight plastic shopping bags will be banned in Victoria from 1 November 2019.
The ban applies to all retailers, including supermarkets, food outlets, clothing stores, markets, cafes, bakeries, greengrocers and many more, meaning it is best to bring your own reusable bag with you when you go shopping.
In the past, Australians have used up to 10 million plastic bags every day – an astonishing 4 billion every year. Of these, approximately 150 million end up in our oceans and waterways, contributing to an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the ocean every year.
Although plastic is lightweight and low cost, it doesn’t go away; it breaks into many pieces, ends up in landfill or as litter and can cause long term harm to the environment and wildlife.
Victorians are already doing a great job building better bag habits. On average three quarters of Victorians already bring reusable bags with them when shopping for food, and other items, like clothes and shoes.
Some simple tips to build better bag habits and get used to remembering a bag ahead of the state-wide ban include:
– Before you leave home remember: Bag, Wallet, Keys and Phone
– Keep your bags at the front door, at work or in the car so you are more likely to remember them
– Keep a foldable bag with you throughout the day in your handbag or backpack
– Get used to saying ‘no bag please’ at the checkout
– Take a bag or container at lunchtime when purchasing food from cafes and restaurants
To learn more about the Better Bag Habits campaign visit www.betterbaghabits.vic.gov.au
Business and industry information is also available at www.vicbagban.com.au