Is your business ready for the Victorian bag ban?
The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags as of 1 November 2019.
This new law will apply to all retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more. The ban includes single-use plastic bags, including those made from compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastics.
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.
There are many alternatives to plastic bags available. The Victorian Government encourages all retailers to prepare for the upcoming change and be aware that penalties will apply for noncompliance.
Retailers can download several resources to assist with the transition.
Fact sheet for businesses – provides essential information about the ban and tips for businesses and plastic bag suppliers
Store sign – It is recommended that all retailers download and print this double-sided sign to display in your store, to inform customers about the ban.
The Victorian Government has engaged the National Retailers Association (NRA) to work with Victorian businesses in preparing for the ban. The NRA has set up a toll-free Bag Ban Hotline (1800 817 723) to provide business with support in transitioning away from single-use lightweight plastic bags. Further detailed information about the ban, including resources in other languages, can be found at vicbagban.com.au.