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Information for shoppers

From 1 July 2018, the supply of lightweight plastic bags—like the ones you get with your groceries and takeaways—will be banned in WA. 

The ban will apply to all lightweight, plastic bags with handles—35 microns or less and including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags.

Instead, consumers will have to remember to take reusable bags when they shop, or look to other alternatives—perhaps a cardboard box or, for just a few items, use your hands!

Make sure you have plenty of reusable bags. Stash them in your car, your handbag, your nappy bag, the pram, the basket on your bike and anywhere else you might need them. Make sure shopping bags are the first item on your shopping list.

Major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and IGA have indicated their intention to ban lightweightplastic bags while some WA retailers—including Aldi and Bunnings—already support the ban by not offering lightweight plastic bags to customers.

Household views on plastic waste

Boomerang Alliance survey of WA households in November 2017 found that most people (more than 90%) were concerned about the impacts of plastic on our environment and supported a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic bags (84%).

The community survey have been summarised here.