The Victorian Government has announced it will be rolling out a blanket ban of lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags from November 1.
In introducing the new legislation before parliament earlier this week, State Minister for the Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio said that the ban is a ‘critical step’ in protecting the state’s environmental health.
“Plastic pollution is a significant environmental problem – the actions we take now will help ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“The feedback on this one was clear. Victorians want to do more to protect the environment from the damage litter causes and are overwhelmingly supportive of banning single-use plastic shopping bags.”
The ban will apply to bags being provided at retail outlets including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores and service stations.
More information on the planned legislation can be found here