Victoria prepares to ban the bag
September 25, 2019
Lightweight, single use plastic bags will be banned in Victoria from November 1 – following an announcement in June from the State Government preparing foodservice brands for the ban1.
A crucial step in protecting Victoria’s rivers, water ways, oceans and wildlife, the upcoming plastic bag ban aligns with legislation already in place in South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory who have already banned single use plastic bags.
But, going one step further than most other plastic bag related legislation around Australia, Victoria’s ban also includes a ban on plastic bags deemed biodegradable or compostable.
These bags bring with them a threat of micro plastics, and challenges with a lack of access to industrial composting infrastructure to dispose of them correctly.