ABOUT THE BAN
Over 670 million plastic bags are used in Western Australia every year, with approximately 7 million ending up in the environment as litter.
In addition, less than 2% of lightweight plastic bags are recycled with the majority piling up in landfill, potentially lasting thousands of years.
The WA bag ban will affect all retailers that currently use some form of lightweight plastic shopping bag – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets, from mine canteens to 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 manage customer sentiment to ultimately minimise negative impacts on your business.
IMPORTANT: 2022 BAG BAN
As of 1 Jan 2022, the WA government is replacing the current bag ban with a state-wide ban on ALL plastic shopping bags, including plastic-laminated paper bags. Additional plastic items, such as straws, cutlery and foodware, will also be banned. Enforcement of the new legislation will commence 1 July 2022.
The 2018 Bag Ban Explained
In summary, the Western Australian Government implemented a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2018.
Background to the ban
The aim of the Western Australian bag ban is to reduce the number of lightweight plastic bags that are littered, and the associated environmental impacts of this source of plastic pollution.
Please note: the advice provided on this website is designed to assist retailers in understanding the ban and weighing up options but is by no means exhaustive. Each retail business should assess and make decisions based on their own advice and situation.