The ban is proposing to make it illegal (new regulations under Environmental Protection Act 1986) for all retailers to supply lightweight single-use plastic bags with handles and a thickness of 35 microns or less. Biodegradable, degradable and compostable bags could also be included. Items not banned: bin liners, dog poo bags, nappy bags, barrier/ produce bags, paper bags and heavier weight plastic bags.
Annually Western Australians use approximately 360 million light weight plastic bags, with an estimated 5 million being littered every year. Plastic bags are unsightly, impact on animals and the environment.
To protect our own precious waterways and oceans, Council resolved to support a state-wide ban on plastic bags in December 2016.
For more information for consumers and retailers, a Discussion Paper is available with links to an online survey. Survey closes 9 March 2018.