Retailers across Western Australia are going plastic bag free.

THE WA BAG BAN

The Western Australian Government introduced a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2018.

From 1 January 2019 it is illegal for any retailer in Western Australia to provide lightweight plastic shopping bags.

The ban applies to all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness of 35 microns or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.  The new laws affect all retailers – including grocery stores, takeaway food, pharmacies, and even markets.

The National Retail Association has partnered with the Western Australian government to help retailers navigate the new compliance issues, find alternative bag solutions, and to help retailers manage consumer sentiment to minimise negative impacts on their businesses.

Report a suspected banned bag

From 1 January 2019, you can report a bag you suspect to be a banned bag via the button below. The report takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Please check which bags are banned and which are allowed before making a report.

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ABOUT THE BAN

The WA bag ban legislation bans retailers from supplying lightweight plastic shopping bags, 35 microns or less thick, including degradable, biodegradable or compostable bags...

RESOURCES

The NRA has created a large range of resources such as fact-sheets, staff training kits and official signage to assist retailers transitioning away from lightweight plastic bags...

CASE STUDIES

Sometimes the best way to decide what you should do is to see what other retailers from similar categories or regions are doing to prepare for the bag ban...

KEY DATES FOR RETAILERS

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Fines apply for anyone who provides false or misleading information about a banned bag.

Retailers must phase out existing stocks of banned bags by
31 December 2018.

Substantial fines apply for retailers that provide banned bags to customers.

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See what other retailers are doing

Thousands of retailers in Western Australia have not only stopped supplying lightweight plastic bags, but many have moved to more sustainable options.

The National Retail Association team continues to visit retailers out on the streets in WA ...

Instagram post 2191126884980212052_8064203449 Big thanks to Joshua @glengarry_coffee_house  who supports the elimination of single use plastic bags in his business and for owning his impact on the environment.  Great work!

#ownyourimpactwa 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#glengarry
Instagram post 2191123629764059154_8064203449 Diane at The Oven Door Bakery has eliminated single use plastic bags forever & now uses printed cloth bags.  Fabulous work!
#bagbanwa 
#glengarryshoppingcentre 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2185703503157991479_8064203449 Nadia @bocellisespresso in Perth city has a smile for her customers & is happy to supply paper bags instead of plastic. Good work!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#forrestchaseperth 
#perthcoffee
Instagram post 2185700329755915675_8064203449 Bree @laveencoffee is going into saving our planet in a big way-  not only using paper bags but recycling coffee lids.  Keep up the great work!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#ownyourimpactwa 
#rainesquareperth
Instagram post 2185697497443165800_8064203449 Emma @brezelbrothersperth is all for a paper bag for her great pretzel product. Good work!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#pretzelperth 
#rainesquareperth
Instagram post 2185695070694327545_8064203449 Melissa & Darian @cocolatwa in Raine Square, Perth - thank you for supporting the ban for plastic. Great work guys!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#coffeecafe 
#rainesquare
Instagram post 2185692055904089632_8064203449 These ladies are from #@tartinetrinity  in the CBD Perth and they
 welcome the change from plastic to paper bags with excitement. Great work!
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association
#perthcbd
#trinityarcadeperth
Instagram post 2185691007588096541_8064203449 Hi there! Meet Luke @meetandbun in Trinity Arcade, Perth to grab an awesome burger served in paper bags & containers.  Well done!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#perthburgers 
#perthcbd
Instagram post 2180552443267147489_8064203449 Another champion, Anton @verdebrio.myaree  is minimising plastic in his business & has made  a conscious decision by also using glass bottles. Good Work!
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association 
#myaree 
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2180549511666974064_8064203449 Zena @soulorigin Belmont is proud to be using paper bags, as she is owning her own impact & also making changes with other sustainable options in this eatery.  Well Done!
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#ownyourimpactwa 
#belmontforum
Instagram post 2180545166275761237_8064203449 Ana from #labellepatisserieau - Belmont is all smiles as she delivers her beautiful product to customers in paper bags.
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#belmontforum
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2180542237326174751_8064203449 Dan is from Salsas in Belmont- he is doing a great job supporting the Bag Ban by using only paper bags.
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#belmontforum
Instagram post 2180481239202315213_8064203449 This is Vicky at #rolldvietnamese in Belmont Forum - she is happy to be providing paper bags for her lovely fresh food.
#bagbanwa 
#belmontforum 
#national_retail_association 
#retail
Instagram post 2146112103067597062_8064203449 This is Rahul at #cocosfriedchicken in Thornlie he has a tasty menu to eat in or his takeaway is in great support of the bag ban with paper only in his business.  Great job Rahul!
#bagbanwa 
#thornlie 
#national_retail_association 
#food
Instagram post 2131602693596017175_8064203449 Saffron is an advocate for the environment she is from the Saltwater Fish Bar in Byford offers tote bags for customers and are always looking for more sustainble options. Good work!
#reuseablebag 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#byford
Instagram post 2131598349555406847_8064203449 The Owner, Teaghan @figandivycafe in Byford is all smiles & proud to be plastic bag free in her business. Great Work!
#byford 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#cafe 
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2131594468976868154_8064203449 Gillian @cartridgeworld is on board with taking plastic bags out of her business. Thank you!
#retail 
#bagbanwa 
#shopping 
#national_retail_association 
#midland 
#reuseablebags
Instagram post 2131591147599867224_8064203449 Tyler from @my_health_market_midland is pro reusable bags & thinks the plastic bag ban is a great start. Thanks for your support.
#retail 
#bagbanwa 
#midland 
#national_retail_association 
#shopping
Instagram post 2131586899449307844_8064203449 The Salvation Army @salvosau in Midland are not shy in supporting WA's bag ban. Good job guys!
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#shopping 
#midland 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2131579852649506148_8064203449 These friendly ladies, Lesley & Connie @therobotbunfactory in Midland have an eye for the future and don't use plastic in their quirky robotic cafe.  Great job ladies!
#bagbanwa 
#midlandcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#retail
Instagram post 2126855284806536290_8064203449 Leanne @schlice_perth doesn't serve her desserts on plastic - she has made then to enjoy on paper tray & bags.  Well done!
#plasticbagban 
#coventrymarkets 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#perth
Instagram post 2126820028401579483_8064203449 This guy Matt @eco.revolution is an Eco Warrior with paper bags, products & workshops. Fantastc Work Matt!
#bagbanwa 
#coventrymarkets 
#national_retail_association 
#morley 
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2126533131473223009_8064203449 This is Arena @dunnandwalton she is super proud to support the environment.  It is second nature to her, as it has always been her family's view.  Organic, recycle, compost, using glass- Awesome work! Check out the trolley - all the trolleys plastic handles have been replaced with wood.
#ownyourimpactwa 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#perth 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2126527215457534667_8064203449 Jena & Kyra @grindzeroscarborough  are fully supportive of the plastic bag ban and have a positive ideas towards zero waste. Did u know you if you carry a large paper bag when traveling you have an instant ironing board? Very clever Jena - thanks for the tip!
#ownyourimpactwa 
#bagbanwa 
#scarboroughcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#perth
Instagram post 2126522660191803432_8064203449 Skate in & see Mitch @lividskatecafe  to see that using paper products is easy, easier than learning how to skate maybe? Great job!
#scarboroughcafe 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
#plasticfree
Instagram post 2126518988389044297_8064203449 These guys, Cleo & Kael @healthfreakscarborough are super at looking after the environment by not having plastic bags and supporting the bag ban in WA. Great job!
#healthyfood 
#cafe 
#perth 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2126263857617759133_8064203449 Samantha at Scarborough 7 day Chemist not only uses paper, but  offers this tote which is printed with their business name.  Great advertising  to customers.
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#chemist
Instagram post 2126249205269629809_8064203449 This is Val & Fei at Canteen by Lexis Scarborough - they have ditched the plastic for paper only.  Good job!
#cafe 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2126246041539802578_8064203449 Hey Johanny @lakelandsmultiservice  has been a proud supporter of using paper bags..so proud that he has printed them with the Aussie flag. Great Work!
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#fixthings
Instagram post 2120430768496826633_8064203449 Chris @fremantlehealthfoods is keeping the plastic bag ban message simple, however, he also offers many more sustainable options in store too.
#plasticbagban 
#freolife 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2119481742347685800_8064203449 You wont find plastic here @papercupsouthfreo - No Way!
says Lauren. There are also so many other alternatives which they are using to consider our environment - Well Done!
#plasticbagban 
#cafe 
#national_retail_association 
#ownyourownimpactwa
Instagram post 2119477720186352322_8064203449 Audrey & Flo (pic) @thestorehousefremantle have heaps of sustainable options for customers from alterntive material bags to free jars. Awesome work & thanks for supporting the WA Bag Ban.
#thestorehousefremantle 
#ownyourownimpactwa 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
#fremantleshopping
Instagram post 2118973006197684621_8064203449 Ella & Teina @salsa are pretty cool using paper for their customers.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118970685464023306_8064203449 Tony @misterminit is up with all the options available for his business- he uses paper, velvet gift bags & great nylon shoe bags - Great Work!
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118967124869092255_8064203449 Kelvin @jesters definitely has paper bags and has also requested head office to reduce their packing plastic too.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118963526777169399_8064203449 Andy @caffissimo is keeping it simple with his paper bags.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#cafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116085666391306874_8064203449 Angela (left) the Owner @samudera_mandurah & Abbey (right) were happy to chat about the plastic bag ban, she absolutely LOVES it!  In actual fact her coffee is delivered to her in recycle tins instead of packaging- plastic free zone here! Keep up the great work!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116079470448212038_8064203449 Aran has a beach theme happening @theforeshorecafe so no plastic to be seen - Good work!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116076888568665894_8064203449 @thehummingbirdwatersidecafe Amber is using paper for the customers and locally made reusable bags - Great Job!
#reusablebags 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116047129193414454_8064203449 Ankita @blackboard_by_foodnco is proud of her decision to go paper in her newly owned cafe business - Well done & best of luck!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#cafe
Instagram post 2116044248755101296_8064203449 @thebatherbar Mandurah - Kelly, Marianne & Chris say its always been the bather boutique paper carry bag! Great job ladies!
#plasticbagban 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
#mandurahbusiness
Instagram post 2116040529196072962_8064203449 Natalie @tonichealthstore uses paper only - Awesome work!
#plasticbagban 
#broadwayfairnedlands 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#retail
Instagram post 2116038119710862061_8064203449 Andrew @pollitochipotlegrill has started the business on the right foot by being totally pro paper & other sustainable options - Best of luck!
#plasticbagban 
#broadwayfairnedlands 
#food 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116035534375471754_8064203449 Russ @cloudninedrycleaner is always reusing bags & now has a great idea to have this great bag for his customers- Great Work Russ!
#reusablebags 
#drycleaners 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#claremont
Instagram post 2116032629056499217_8064203449 Ann-Maree @partytownaustralia is smiling as she has always used paper carry bags.
#retail 
#claremont 
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116029006041920391_8064203449 Rue @standingroomcoffee is keeping it super simple & supporting the change of reducing plastic usage.
#plasticbagban 
#claremontcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116026347792784559_8064203449 Tash @jcocafe is proud to be using paper and other more sustainable options for the benefit of our future.
#plasticbagban
#claremontcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116022998976449346_8064203449 #newsexpress @ Armadale Central are using reusable carry bags or paper- Good Work Jason!
#reusablebags 
#plasticbagban 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2105824444337334406_8064203449 @gethealthyperth 
Laura @gethealthyperth Go Vita in Victoria Park has the message clearly on the counter-  Go Vita supports-  Ban the Bag.  Thank you for your support by using paper bags.
#reuseablebags 
#plasticbagban 
#perth
#vicpark 
#national_retail_association 
#retail
Instagram post 2105820426076603150_8064203449 @thesourcevicpark 
Wendy @thesourcevicpark has it sorted - its all about no plastic bags, but all about paper bags, hessian bags & glass jars - even BYO containers. Great Work Wendy!
#reuseablebags 
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#plasticbagban 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105816084124711294_8064203449 @fishboss.com.au  Jamie @fishboss.com.au is literally the Boss when it comes to being plastic free and paper friendly. Well Done!
#bagbanwa 
#foodshop 
#retail 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105811334746526006_8064203449 @thingzgifts 
Hazel @thingzgifts in Mandurah has a great selection of reusable bags of various sizes and even one that the boys can handle - they arent all covered in flowers!
#reuseablebags 
#bagbanwa 
#retailshopping 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105808050631643346_8064203449 @typoshop 
Isabella @typoshop Mandurah Forum is showing us the way by offering paper bags & creative totes.
#reuseablebags 
#shopping
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105805862698180809_8064203449 @asterandruby 
Melissa @asterandruby Mandurah Forum is owning her cute paper bag which they have had always.
#reuseablebags 
#retailshopping 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105800673706537404_8064203449 @madmexau 
Adam @madmexau in Mandurah is promoting his fresh food for life, as well as being plastic free for life at work.
#foodforum 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105796706037630097_8064203449 Eric @happytel in Mandurah Forum is happy to support WA's bag ban by having paper bags for his customers.
#bagbanwa
#retailshopping 
#mandurah
#national_retail_association 
#reuseablebag
Instagram post 2105792723101305465_8064203449 @shingleinn 
Kate @shingleinn in Mandurah us keeping the message simple. 
#mandurahforum 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2105767536943285024_8064203449 @psychomug 
Sean @pyschomug is all keen to support no plastic only paper in his cafe. Did you know that coffee granules are very good for your skin?
#bagbanwa
#rockebyroad
#subicafe 
#national_retail_association
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2105763215031706952_8064203449 @lotsixzerosubiaco 
Liam @lotsixzerosubiaco is so proud to support the ban as only paper us used here at this buzzing cafe.
#subicafe 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105761219675673514_8064203449 @urbansoulfoods 
Paper only for this guy Paolo @urbansoulfoods just as his food selection deserves!
#subishop 
#bagbanwa 
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101294696395428841_8064203449 @duskaustralia 
Penny & Lian @duskaustralia Rockingham are using great paper strong bags with handles that are easy to reuse.

#bagbanwa 
#reuserecycle 
#rockinghamretail 
#rockingham
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101291718951202232_8064203449 Lana is proud that @thejerkyco has always used paper bags.

#bagbanwa 
#retailrockingham
#rockingham
#ownyourimpactwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101289768708971748_8064203449 Tara at @scents_perfume_specialists in Rockingham have the cutest recyclable paper bags.

#bagbanwa
#retailshops 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
#rockingham
Instagram post 2101287158761282248_8064203449 An awesome selection of reusable bags at Cape to Cairo - Rockingham. Their cooler bags are affordable and very popular. Charmaine you are doing a great job!

#bagbanwa
#rockinghamretail 
#rockingham
#reusablebags
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101230213442380886_8064203449 Great new paper bags at @pricelinehaystreet in Perth. Love to see that they are 10c and 20c as bag fees also help reduce consumption 🌱

#bagbanwa
#perth
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#recycle
#ownyourimpactwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2100681857578084591_8064203449 Paper all the way @three_stories - nearly a decade for these guys & a great tote bag too - Well Done!

#bagbanwa
#reuseablebags 
#freoshops 
#national_retail_association
#fremantle
Instagram post 2060290255338569895_8064203449 For the small price of 50c, a big impact will be made. 
Take home your food in these fabulous reusable bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏
Instagram post 2060283175898514630_8064203449 Centaurian Seafood gift these great cooler bags with your frozen seafood purchase. 
Thank you Alan for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 👏😊 #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2055049105604746526_8064203449 Maddy at SuperChem displays their $1 reusable bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2055028924702694187_8064203449 Uncle Chops are supporting the Bag Ban in WA by being plastic bag free. 
These sustainable boxes are all you need for your takeaway. 
Thank you 😊👏 #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2055013969349815163_8064203449 The Giving Art Gift Store is also giving back to the environment with these paper shopping bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040560971186323749_8064203449 Shoe Shu are doing something new. 
These spun cotton shopping bags are a cut above single use plastic bags. 
Thank you Annette and Mandy for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #shoeshu#bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#banthebag#national_retail_association#sustainability#sustainablefashion
Instagram post 2040554106234616032_8064203449 At Dong Khoa Fruit and Vegetables you can buy fresh produce but not a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Loi for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040527145752063054_8064203449 New owner,  new look,  new ways. 
Thank you Stuart for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #freotshirts#bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040471684604440847_8064203449 Great food,  great philosophy.  Ada from Parlapa is passionate about being plastic shopping bag free.

Thank you for knowing your impact and supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #parlapa#plasticbagfree#bagban #bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040469444208523279_8064203449 Nomad Gnome is known for alternative clothing. 
They also have a great alternative to plastic shopping bags with these organza beauty's. 
Thank you Jenny for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 
#nomadgnome#plasticbagfree#bagban#bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040466708624669586_8064203449 Bring your own bag to Habibs Kebabs as they are plastic shopping bag free.

Thank you Mohibullah for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏
#plasticbagfree#bagban#bagbanwa#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040462889761302098_8064203449 There's nothing grumpy about the Grumpy Sailor.  Van's hospitality is as good as DJ's coffee. 
There are also no plastic straws or bags to take your goods away in. 
Thank you for supporting the environment by being plastic bag and plastic straw free! 😊👏 #thegrumpysailorfremantle#plasticbagfree#plasticstrawfree#bagbanwa#banthebag#bagban#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040457509962490885_8064203449 Fashion doesn't need to cost the environment.

These paper bags are perfect for taking those new clothes home. 
Thank you Wear2! 👏😊 #bagbanwa#bagban#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#wear2
Instagram post 2040454675518880198_8064203449 Milk Belly care about sustainability by being plastic free. 
Jacob is showing us how Milk Belly prefers paper over plastic! 👏😊 #plasticbagfree#bagbanwa#banthebag#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#milkbellycafe
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