Victoria Is the Latest State to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

That makes NSW the only state that hasn't committed to reducing the use of plastic bags.
Sarah Ward
Published on October 18, 2017

Victorians are preparing to say goodbye to plastic bags as the Victorian Government last night announced it will clear everyone's cupboards of single-use plastic carriers via a statewide ban.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the ban last night on The Project, saying that "we know this is really important for the environment, particularly for our waterways, for landfill [and] for waste management". This comes in direct response to a #BanTheBag petition run by the nightly Ten current affairs program.

The move brings the state into line with South Australia, the ACT, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Queensland, who announced it will next year ditch lightweight single-use plastic bags in September. It follows the news that Woolworths and Coles will also be doing the same nationwide. NSW is now the only state that hasn't committed to banning single-use bags.

Victoria's ban might seem like a long time coming — but, well, better late than never. It's unclear whether the ban will cover just lightweight plastic bags or both degradable and biodegradable options. Further details are expected to be announced by Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio today.

Published on October 18, 2017 by Sarah Ward
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