Western Australians embrace plastic bag ban

Western Australia's plastic bag ban, which starts on July 1, 2018, is strongly supported by Western Australians, according to a consultation that has just been completed.

More than 4,400 people contributed comments to the consultation, with almost 95 per cent in favour of banning lightweight plastic bags.

In addition, more than 90 per cent were in favour of banning biodegradable, degradable and compostab

le bags which persist in the environment and form microplastics.

The ban affects lightweight bags made of plastic - whether or not the plastic is biodegradable, degradable or compostable - with handles and a thickness of 35 microns or less. These bags are commonly provided by supermarkets, restaurants and other retail stores.

Consultation also identified the need for a transition period for retailers to prepare their customers to use alternatives to plastic bags.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will work with retailers in the transition and a State-wide education campaign will ensure consumers are aware of the ban and encourage them to bring their own reusable bags when shopping.

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