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Queensland Ban’s Single Use Plastic Bag’s From 1st July

From 1 July 2018, retailers are no longer able to supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness to customers, for free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable bags as they break down in the environment in the same way as conventional plastic shopping bags and can still harm the environment and wildlife.

The problem with plastic shopping bags
• They pollute the natural environment and waterways and litter streets and parks.
• They endanger marine and other wildlife which can swallow, and become entangled, in them.
• Millions of dollars are spent each year in litter clean-up costs.

What bags are included?
The ban applies to single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable bags as they break down in the environment in the same way as conventional plastic shopping bags and still cause harm to the environment and wildlife.

For more information download the facts – plastic-bag-ban-factsheet