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Your Guide To Surviving The Plastic Bag Ban

From July 1, Queensland will ban single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags from all retailers in an attempt to tackle plastic pollution.

Close to one billion of these plastic shopping bags are used by Queenslanders each year, with around 16 million ending up in our beautiful environment.

So, what does this mean for Queensland families?

What’s Banned?

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The Queensland ban includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns. These are the plastic shopping bags most commonly received with groceries, takeaways and other everyday purchases.

However, the ban does not include other plastic bag types such as bin liners, reusable heavy-weight plastic shopping bags that supermarkets generally sell, single-use heavy-weight ‘boutique’ plastic shopping bags, fruit and vegetable ‘barrier’ bags, dog poo bags and nappy bags.

TIPS FOR LIVING WITHOUT PLASTIC BAGS 

Take reusable shopping bags with you whenever you go to the shops.

Keep your reusable shopping bags by the door, or in your bag or car so you don’t forget them.

Or, add ‘reusable shopping bags’ to your shopping list or set a reminder on your phone.

Once you’ve unloaded your shopping put your reusable shopping bags back in the car or somewhere you won’t forget them.

- Use composting bins to dispose of wet waste.

- Try lining your bin with newspaper.

- Or use empty fruit and veg or bread bags to wrap your rubbish.

- Use a box to carry your groceries and to put your rubbish in.

- Buy in bulk

- Learn what you can recycle, and always separate your rubbish

Head to www.qld.gov.au/plasticbagban for more information about the Queensland Government’s plastic bag ban.

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