Plastic Free Paradise
The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018. The Queensland Government has passed the Waste Reduction & Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 which will forbid retailers from providing or selling lightweight plastic bags (known as single-use singlet bags) from 1 July 2018. This ban will affect all retailers that currently use some form of lightweight plastic bag – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets. The National Retail Association (NRA) has partnered with the Queensland Government to help retailers navigate the new compliance issues, find alternative bag solutions and manage customer sentiment to ultimately minimise negative impacts on your business.
RETAILER RESOURCES for the ban on plastic bags
The National Retail Association has created a large range of resources such as staff training kits and signage to assist retailers in the lead up to the plastic bag ban.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the QLD Bag Ban.
about the ban
what bags are banned?
The Queensland Government’s ban will apply to all lightweight singlet-style plastic bags less than 35 microns thick, including biodegradable and degradable bags.
WHAT BAGS ARE ALLOWED?
The ban will not apply to the following bags:
- barrier bags without handles (typically used for fruit and vegetables)
- heavier-weight plastic bags (such as those used by department stores)
- bags that are integral to a product’s packaging (such as a bread bag)
- fabric and ‘green’ bags (often used at supermarkets)
- paper or cardboard bags (often used in food outlets, pharmacies and convenience stores)
- kitchen tidy or bin liner bags.
WHY ARE BIODEGRADABLE BAGS BANNED?
While there has been considerable research into biodegradable plastics, studies suggest that biodegradable plastic bags do not break down any faster when ingested than a ‘normal’ petrochemical plastic bag and therefore may have the same impact on marine life and plastic pollution
WHEN DOES THE BAN COME INTO EFFECT?
After extensive consultation with the retail industry, environment groups and other stakeholders over the past three years, the Queensland plastic bag ban will come into effect on 1 July 2018. Retailers will not be allowed to provide any banned bags from this date and fines will apply from this date.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NOT COMPLYING?
To ensure that all retailers are on an even playing field in regards to the ban, and that real change is accomplished, fines will apply after 1 July 2018 and could be over $6000 per offence.
In addition, retailers who ignore the bag ban may suffer consumer boycotts or media criticism.
Go Local, Grow Local
Business Queensland's initiative aims to help Queensland businesses promote their products and services, and encourages Queenslanders to support small businesses in their community by shopping locally. By going local, small businesses can grow their business, create local jobs and help their community.
An Advertising TOOLKIT is now available on the image link to the right. It provides helpful downloadable resources your small business can use to help promote goods and services, encouraging others to shop locally and grow your business.