WA bans the bag

Published: 12 September 2017

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Statements from Victorian and NSW Premiers

The WA government today announced that they were going to follow in the steps of most other states around the country and ban single-use plastic supermarket bags. With only Victoria and NSW remaining without plastic ban bags, remember that you can keep the pressure up on their governments by joining the 170,000 others who have signed the petition at https://www.change.org/p/ban-plastic-bags-across-nsw-victoria-and-wa.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews provided the following statement:

"As we've consistently said we believe that a national ban is the most effective way to address the issue. 

"We'll have more to say on this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned."

A spokesperson for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian provided the following statement:

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

“The Government’s current anti-litter priority is the implementation of a 10-cent container deposit scheme, scheduled to roll out across the state in December.

“Plastic drink containers make up 20 per cent of the state’s litter volume and drink containers eligible for the scheme will make up 43 per cent of litter volume across NSW. While the NSW Government recognises plastic bags are an issue for the environment, they make up less than 3 per cent of litter volume.

“The NSW government has allocated $30 million until 2020/21 for litter reduction programs.”