BAN ON SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS IN QUEENSLAND TO COME INTO EFFECT ON 1ST JULY 2018
The Queensland Government has passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 which will forbid retailers from providing or selling lightweight plastic bags (known as single-use singlet bags) from 1 July 2018.
To ensure consistency for the retail sector, Queensland will adopt a similar law to South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. However, unlike other jurisdictions, 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 the following bags:
Lightweight plastic bags, less than 35 microns thick, with handles (‘singlet’ bags) including those deemed biodegradable, degradable or compostable.
For more information please visit www.qldbagban.com.au
HOW THIS WILL IMPACT ON EXHIBITORS AT QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO
As Queensland Garden Expo is held shortly after this ban is introduced NO single use plastic bags will be allowed to be used by exhibitors at the event.