Andrews Government will ban single-use plastic shopping bags across Victoria

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will soon be banned across all of Victoria from the 1st of November.

Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio said the ban was a crucial step in protecting Victoria’s rivers, waterways, oceans and wildlife from plastic.

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“Plastic pollution is a significant environmental problem-the actions we take now will help ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future,” Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said.

This will ensure all single use lightweight plastic bags will be banned. Work is under way with the National Retailers Association to ensure Businesses are prepared and have access to alternative bags.

A plastic pollution plan is also under development, this is to help reduce other types of plastic pollution, in collaboration with the industry, retailers and community of environment groups.

“We’ve been working closely with businesses to plan for the ban ahead of November and we’ll continue to look at ways we can reduce other types of plastic pollution across Victoria,”

From July 1st, 2019 the Victorian government is also introducing an E-Waste ban will be put in place at local landfills. Meaning anything with a plug, power cord or anything working or not, will not be able to be dumped at local landfills.  

“The feedback on this one was clear. Victorians want to do more to protect the environment from the damage litter causes and are overwhelmingly supportive of banning single use plastic shopping bags.”