The plastic bag ban in WA comes into effect, with supermarkets no longer offering single use plastic bags.
Instead, customers will be able to purchase re-usable plastic bags at a cost of approximately 15 cents each, but are strongly encouraged to bring their own re-usable bags every time they do shopping.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson went to Ballajura IGA yesterday to promote the new legislation and remind shoppers to bring their own bags.
“The McGowan Government is very pleased and proud to have run this initiative. What we have seen in the last few weeks was West Australians really do their bit,” he said.
“This ban brings us in line with a number of other states and territories around the country. South Australia, Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania, they a have ban in place for awhile, the Queensland ban also starts today too.”
“West Australians used about 670 million single used light weight plastic bags each year. And on average, those bags have a useful life of 12 minutes.”
“This ban that we have seen today will be good for the environment.”
However, it’s understood that fines on giving out plastic bags won’t come into place until the 1st of January, 2019.
According to Planet Ark, only three per cent of Australia’s plastic bags are being recycled.
The reduction of plastic bags will mean less harmful plastics ending up in landfill, and will have positive effects to our ecosystems.