Victoria set to ban single-use plastic bags


The Victorian Government has announced it will ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags from late 2019. Victoria joins all other states and territories except NSW in making the decision.

The ban will include all plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic.

The decision follows response in more than 8,000 submissions during community consultation on plastic pollution of more than 96 per cent of submissions supported a ban.

Over the next 12 months, the feedback will be used to develop a plastic pollution plan to reduce other types of plastic contaminants.

A reference group will be established to help develop the plan, with representatives from government, industry, retailers and community environment groups.

The government has also undertaken to support an education campaign for retailers and the community during the transition away from plastic shopping bags.

State and territory governments are currently working on a national, voluntary phase-out of thick plastic bags.

The consultation report is available here.