The Queensland Government has passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 which will forbid retailers from providing or selling single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2018.
Unlike other states, biodegradable bags are included in the ban in Queensland, as these bags still pose a risk to aquatic animals, a critical part of Queensland’s marine ecosystem and tourism industry.
The ban will apply to all retailers and to the following bags:
- lightweight plastic bags, less than 35 microns thick, with handles (‘singlet’ bags) including those deemed biodegradable, degradable or compostable.
In response to the environmental change Council has provided a limited supply of "green' bags, cooler packs and produce bags to local businesses. Retailers will distribute these to locals when you next shop. The produce bags are to be used in place of the standard fruit and veggie bags normally available through grocers. Although these plastic bags are not part of the Government ban, Council is encouraging community members to rethink their use of plastic in the home in order to reduce consumption.
To find out more information on the ban including what support is available to you, click here to visit the Qld Bag Ban website.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has recently conducted primary industries impact assessments throughout the region in relation to North/North West Severe Weather (heavy rainfall and flooding) and/or STC Nora. If you have incurred damage or require more information on assistance available through DAF please contact the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/.