/ 31 May 2022

NSW says bye to the bag

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

It was March 2020 when the NSW Government announced plans, and tomorrow the state will become the last in Oz to ban plastic bags. Yep, lightweight carriers are out, as are ‘compostable’ and ‘bioplastic’ alternatives because they don’t break down unless treated at a composting facility. Bin liners, nappy/dog poo bags, and produce bags – they stay in. As for enforcement, there will be a crackdown on businesses caught giving them out with fines of $11,000-250,000 in play. Phase 2 comes into effect on 1 November, when single-use utensils and polystyrene containers are banned. NSW is slow to the party after South Australia kicked things off in 2009. The ACT banned single-use plastic bags in 2011, followed by Tassie in 2013, Queensland in 2018, and Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria in 2019.

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