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As of 1 July 2018, the government will BAN THE USE OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY?
In Australia and internationally, there is increasing evidence of the cumulative impact that plastic has on soils, waterways, marine environments and fauna. Under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, marine debris is recognized as a “key threatening process” that “threatens or may threaten the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of a native species or ecological community.”
Not all litter is deliberate. An estimated 47 per cent of wind-borne litter escaping from landfills is plastic, with the majority of this being plastic bags. Lightweight flexible plastics are highly mobile and easily blown from areas on land into waterways and the ocean. Plastic bags are particularly attractive to marine wildlife as they look similar to jellyfish, a preferred food of seabirds, turtles, sharks and fish. Once ingested, a plastic bag does not breakdown and can block the intestinal tract of the animal consuming it, causing the animal to die of starvation. They also fill with air meaning the animal cannot dive to escape collisions or predators. For smaller animals, the impact is primarily due to entanglement, and they become tangled or stuck in plastic bags and drown because they cannot free themselves.
Reducing the number of plastic bags used is an important measure to reduce the amount of plastic entering our environment. By July 2018, most Australian states and territories will have banned lightweight single-use plastic bags. South Australia, Tasmania, The Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory already have plastic bag bans in place, and Queensland will ban lightweight single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018. The scope of Western Australian ban will be in line with best practice made through new regulations under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Coles, Woolworths and IGA have announced they will remove all lightweight single-use shopping bags, including biodegradable, degradable, and compostable bags, from their supermarkets throughout Australia by July 2018.
WHAT IS A LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG?
A lightweight plastic single – use bag is made wholly or in part of plastic, has handles, is usually less than 35 microns in thickness and is provided by a retailer for the purpose of carrying purchases.
WHO WILL THE BAN APPLY TO?
The ban will apply to all retailers. A retailer is proposed to be defined as any person or business that sells goods in trade or commerce. This definition will apply to people or businesses including, but not limited to, supermarkets, corner stores, takeaway food outlets, restaurants, sports stores, department stores, hardware stores, appliance stores, butchers, bakeries and market vendors.
It will be an offence for a retailer to provide or sell a banned bag.
A retailer will be allowed to sell or supply an alternative to a banned bag.
WHICH BAGS WILL NOT BE BANNED?
– PRODUCE BAGS / Barrier bags for unpackaged perishable food such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.
– Bin Liners and garbage bags.
– Dog Waste bags provided by councils at dog parks and beaches.
– Paper bags / cardboard bags.
– Heavier weight single use department store plastic bags.
WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW?
PROVIDE OR SELL AN ALTERNATIVE BAG
– Reusable bags (woven bag, hessian, reusable cooler bag).
– Paper bag
– Heavy weight plastic bags above 35micron
For some retailers, goods are delivered to the business in boxes, and these can be reused by customers to carry purchases.
DO NOT SUPPLY A BAG
Each retail business should consider the type of goods purchased by their customers. Businesses may find that there is no need to further packaging and may reduce costs by not provided free bags for customers. For example, if takeaway food is already packaged in a single container, there may be no need to put it in a bag when it can be carried away by hand.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR RETAILERS
Retailers will need to consider how they will implement the bag ban on 1 July 2018. Any retailers that routinely provide a lightweight single-use plastic bag to customers should consider the following actions in the lead-up to the ban :
– Stop order bags that will be banned from 1 July 2018 and run-down stocks in the lead-up to the ban.
– Decide whether the business will sell or supply alternative bags.
– Discuss alternatives with suppliers. Your current supplier may be able to provide you with a suitable alternative.
– Decide whether the business will offer alternatives, such as the reuse of cardboard boxes.
– Discuss implementation of the ban with staff, for example how to assist customers who may not know about or support the ban.
– Consider placing signage around the business to inform customers in the lead-up to the ban.
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