Ban the Bag statements

Published: 14 July 2017

Australian Government

Statements from VIC, NSW and WA on Woolworths' and Coles' bag ban.

VIC GOVT. STATEMENT:

The Andrews Labor Government is engaging with industry and the community to identify the most effective and appropriate approach to reduce the impact of plastic bags in Victoria.

A ban on single-use lightweight “supermarket style” plastic bags, consistent with other jurisdictions, is one of the options being considered.

The Government believes that a national ban is the most effective way to address the issue but hasn't ruled out going it alone.

WA STATEMENT: (Stephen Dawson)

As the WA Minister for Environment I commend the major retailers for their decision to phase out single-use shopping bags over the next 12 months.

I met with Coles and Woolworths last week to indicate that the McGowan Labor Government was working on implementing a State-wide ban of single-use plastic bags so I’m delighted that these companies are now acting.
I believe community support for action on plastic bags has been growing, and people understand we need to act now to stop hundreds of millions of bags filtering into the waste stream every year.

As a Government we are concerned about the impacts of waste, including plastic, on the environment and will continue to work to reduce those impacts, including by introducing a container deposit scheme in Western Australia.

NSW STATEMENT:

The NSW Government welcomes the decisions by Woolworths and Coles to phase out single use plastic shopping bags across their Australian store networks.