The Old Bag Runnin’ Out of Time

48 days-Then that is it.

Plastic bags with our shopping will be no more, set to go the way of those old, big re-enforced paper bags we phased out decades ago.

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That move was taken in an effort to save the environment from tree felling. This move also targets environmental concerns with estimates that about 16 million plastic bags end up in the environment every year.

The plastic bag ban comes into effect on July 1 and will bring with it big fines for those that continue the practice.

Retailers that continue to supply banned bags after 1 July could face a fine of up to $6,300 per offence. A similar fine also applies to any person, such as a supplier, who provides misleading information about banned bags.

The ban means that from 1 July, retailers will no longer be able to supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness to customers, for free or at a charge.

The plastic bag ban applies to all retailers including market-stall holders and organisations which supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags, for in-store and online sales.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch says Queenslanders use almost one billion plastic shopping bags each year.

“It’s also an important time for households to starting planning of how they can use reusable shopping bags when visiting the shops.”

“Most household are likely to already have alternative bags they can use such as reusable ‘green’ bags or bags they use every day, like a backpack. Make sure you take them with you when you go shopping or to collect a takeaway, and keep them by the front door, in your car or in your bag.”

Information and resources for community members are available on the Queensland Government plastic bag ban website.