If you live in New South Wales, you better prepare your reusable bags with all single-use plastic bags are prohibited from now on.
Any store providing single-use plastic bags will face fines of up to $275,000.
The move comes ahead of a broader ban on single-use plastics in November this year.
This ban will affect straws, coffee stirrers, cutlery, plates, cotton swabs, polystyrene cups and containers and cosmetics containing plastic microbeads.
“I think we can all see the impact of plastic pollution on our environment, which is why we are making major changes in New South Wales this year,” the environment minister of New South Wales said last week. New South Wales, James Griffin.
He said convenience doesn’t make up for the permanence of plastic, and single-use plastics account for about 60% of all waste in the state.
“By stopping the supply of problematic plastic in the first place, we are helping to prevent it from entering our environment as waste or going to landfill,” Griffin said.
Exceptions will remain for people with disabilities or with medical needs who require the use of single-use plastics – such as a straw.
What bags can be used?
The bag ban does not apply to garbage bags or supermarket products and deli bags.
Also, thicker plastic bags sold in supermarkets are not banned by the new laws.
All other states and territories have already banned plastic bags, starting with South Australia in 2009.
Major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles also stopped supplying single-use plastic bags in 2018.
– With PAA