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.Β  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.

Provide your feedback

During implementation of the lightweight plastic bag ban the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) supported consumers and retailers with an education campaign and range of materials. With the ban now in place, the Department is evaluating the effectiveness of the campaign and materials. The evaluation will identify key learnings and will inform future initiatives.

Retailers in WA are invited to provide feedback via the survey link below. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time.

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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 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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘
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 πŸ‘πŸ˜Š #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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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 πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘
#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! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #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! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š #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! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š #plasticbagfree#bagbanwa#banthebag#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#milkbellycafe
Instagram post 2033289030876442826_8064203449 Fill up on these sustainable ideas at #thankgodimfullcoffeeandeatery 
Not only are they plastic bag free,  they are plastic cutlery plastic straw free too. 
Take it away in a paper  bag,  drink up with wheat straws, and tuck in with bamboo cutlery.
Thank you Bikash for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2033275320694972742_8064203449 Need food? No worries. 
Load up one of these great boxes instead of filling up a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Freya and Chris for your hospitality today.

We appreciate your support of the Bag Ban in WA πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #bagban#banthebag#bagbanwa#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#europeanfoodswholesalers
Instagram post 2033231123283480335_8064203449 Bangkok Brothers are doing their takeaway plastic bag free. 
Thank you for your support of the Bag Ban in WA πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #bangkokbrothersperth#banthebag#bagbanwa #plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2033221494361269235_8064203449 At Joynt Venture you will find lots of interesting things. 
What you won't find is a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Turtle for supporting the single use shopping bag ban. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #bagbanwa#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#plasticbagfree#joyntventureperth
Instagram post 2033213121423143128_8064203449 Kakulas Bros are doing it different. 
These reusable produce bags are upcycled wedding dresses.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#bagbanwa#reuserecyle#localssupportlocal#milknhoney
Instagram post 2033184518928926750_8064203449 At the Lion Oriental Food Co,  you will find sake,  but no plastic bags. 
Sandra reuses boxes to be plastic bag free. 
#lionorientalfoods#plasticbagfre#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2019427301339837506_8064203449 Check out these sweet containers for your sweet treats.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #labellepatisserie#bagban#bagbanwa #knowyourimpact#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2019423425601617703_8064203449 When you get your things at Thingz,  you'll find a selection of reusable bags in the size you need. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #bagbanwa#bagban#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree#thingzbelmont#thingz
Instagram post 2019417199962515152_8064203449 Kitchenware don't supply plastic bags. 
Instead you'll find these generous shopping bags to hold your goods. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2018101847622214857_8064203449 Pricesavers in Maddington stock these bright red reusable bags.

They'll be easy to spot when you're looking for a reusable bag to do your shopping! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#reusablebags#pricesaversmaddington
Instagram post 2015191724398681863_8064203449 Bak Kwa Ling at Coventry Village have their bag plan. πŸ‘

Reuse these cute bags for your takeaway over and over again. 
#bakkwaling#reuseablebags#takeawaybags#bagbanwa#bagban#whatsyourbagplan#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2015184594526410842_8064203449 Miniprice Discount Variety Store at Midland Gate are plastic shopping bag free! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ #miniprice#minipricediscountvarietystores#bagban#bagbanwa#whatsyourbagplan#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 1984700050564389186_8064203449 Great initiative at #Westfield to recycle coffee cups. Many retailers now also welcome reusable cups and mugs.

#ownyourownimpact #recycling #retail #sustainability #coffeeβ˜• #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1962872122381747134_8064203449 Great work @currambine_central - thanks for helping with the WA bag ban.
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1962870679381991746_8064203449 Wow! Thanks for your support of the WA bag ban @ellenbrookcentral πŸ‘
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1962869100025042856_8064203449 Thanks to the retailers and shoppers at Dog Swamp Shopping Centre for your support of the WA bag ban.
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa 
#dogswamp
Instagram post 1961388825872965839_8064203449 Great to see @lakesidejoondalup supporting the WA bag ban.
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1961238858726508275_8064203449 Where do you stash yours?
#reusablebags #bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1958830028138946007_8064203449 Beware the bag hustler! πŸ˜€
Remember your reusable bags when you grab dinner on the run! 
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa @famoussharron
Instagram post 1958828266103437711_8064203449 Grabbing takeout? Don't forget your reusable bags!
 #bagbanwa #thankyouwa @famoussharron
Instagram post 1954136489798797223_8064203449 Do you really need a bag? WA seems to be coping pretty well without lightweight plastic bags... #bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1952666413803449158_8064203449 Remember your reusable bags every time you leave the house!  #bagbanwa #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1952633157443773148_8064203449 Great to see @armadalecentral supporting the WA bag ban.  #bagbanwa  #thankyouwa
Instagram post 1894809252746207250_8064203449 Cool strawberry #reusablebags at @naturesfarmaustralia in @cockburngateway πŸ“

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #bagbanwa #noexcuses #healthfood #retaillife  #cockburngateway @cityofcockburn #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894805563847428119_8064203449 Spoiled for choice at @peachesfreshfood at #fremantle #reusablebags 
#ownyourimpactwa #noexcuses #bringyourownbags #recycle #retaillife #freolife #freoshopping #shoppingspree @cityoffremantle #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894802929572811425_8064203449 L'Artisan Cafe in Midland uses #recyclable and #biodegradable packaging 🌱

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #recycle #retaillife @cityofswanwa #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894799144649742324_8064203449 Don't apologise - we think its great that you no longer offer lightweight plastic bags! πŸ‘ Hats & More @ @midlandgate 
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #bagbanwa @cityofswanwa #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894796646975174378_8064203449 It's #blooming fantastic to see Nadia at  @bloomsthechemist North Perth using paper and reusable bags 🌱

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #pharmacylife #noexcuses #reusablebags  @cityofvincent #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894794336030999447_8064203449 It would be diabolic to still use lightweight plastic bags so Robin at @diabolikbooks in #mounthawthorn uses paper bags for their devilish books and records. 
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses #recycle @cityofvincent #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894745800182847917_8064203449 #recyclable paper bags at @pioscafe @ #mounthawthorn 🌱

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses @cityofvincent #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894743908518158223_8064203449 Simple & straightforward #reusablebags - Tara @ Under The Sun @ Kardinya Park 
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses #kardinyapark @melvillecity #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894742180070641661_8064203449 Everyone should recognise Jake @jakescontinental butchery @ Kardinya Park - especially with his unique #reusablebags 🌏

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses #kardinyapark #butcherlife @melvillecity #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894735503141191071_8064203449 Bill's Scoops @ Kardinya Park offers great hessian #reusablebags for all your #healthfood needs.

#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses @melvillecity #kardinya #kardinyapark #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894729405386536856_8064203449 Coolest #reusablebag so far! Lauren @nwl_liquor_barons in Port Hedland. 
#bringyourownbags #ownyourimpactwa #reusablebags #noexcuses #porthedland @townofporthedland #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894726156780604461_8064203449 Beautiful #porthedland - Great to see local retailers helping to protect this #environment by preparing well for the #bagbanwa 🌏
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #noexcuses #porthedland #porthedlandlife @townofporthedland #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894723125632614428_8064203449 Now that's a nice calico bag! Port Hedland shows how it's done @ Hedland Harbour Cafe.
#reusablebags #ownyourimpactwa #noexcuses @townofporthedland #porthedland #bringyourownbags #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894719181493641598_8064203449 Check out these #reusablebags from Rare Discount at #kelmscottplaza modelled by Tamara and Sophie.
#recycle #ownyourimpactwa #noexcuses #bringyourownbags @cityofarmadalewa #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1894716468181733964_8064203449 Erica at @amcal_pharmacy in Haynes Shopping Centre in #armadale shows off their #reusablebags 🌏
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #pharmacylife @cityofarmadalewa #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1893475064507861773_8064203449 Excited to see how well retailers in Dampier are managing the bag ban. Red Dog would be proud!
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #bagbanwa #dampier #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1893473495250927295_8064203449 Another reason to get rid of lightweight #plasticbags - even if you dispose of them in landfill thousands blow away and become litter. Looking forward to a #plasticbagfree landscape... #ownyourimpactwa  #bagbanwa
Instagram post 1893471869304032455_8064203449 Gabby at 777 Pharmacy at Karratha proud that they have changed to paper and calico bags. 
#ownyourimpactwa #bringyourownbags #reusablebags #pharmacylife #karratha #national_retail_association
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