Are traders ready for plastic bag ban?

Greater Shepparton City Council would like to remind local businesses of the Victorian Government’s ban on plastic shopping bags and encourage them to be prepared.

Local businesses are urged to prepare ahead of the state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. The ban includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastics and commences from 1 November 2019.

This new law will apply to all retailers and suppliers regardless of size or type—from supermarkets to fashion boutiques, from fast food outlets to petrol stations.

Until recently, Victorians have used over 1 billion plastic shopping bags every year. The majority of these bags end up in landfill and around 10 million end up as litter, polluting the environment and endangering wildlife.

The ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags aligns with the government’s agenda to reduce single-use plastics and plastic pollution more broadly, and to shift from a linear model of resource consumption to a more circular economy of reuse and recovery.

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