The plastic shopping bag ban will apply to all retailers in Queensland for in-store and online sales from 1 July 2018.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Act 2017 defines a retailer as “a person who sells goods in trade or commerce”. Supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, chemists, restaurants and clothes stores, as well as market-stall holders and organisations which supply plastic shopping bags, are included in the ban.
Under the ban, retailers are no longer allowed to supply shoppers with single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns, for free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic shopping bags.
Retailers may choose to provide and charge for alternative bags, which can include reusable heavy-duty plastic bags, woven polypropylene 'green' bags, paper or other bags. Shoppers can also bring their own bag or trolley.
A retailer who is found to be supplying the banned bags after 1 July 2018 may be fined up to $6,300 per offence.
A person, such as a supplier, who is found to be providing misleading information about plastic bags may also be fined up to $6,300 per offence.
The Queensland Government has partnered with the National Retail Association to deliver an education program to retailers across the state so they understand their obligations under the ban and are ready for it.
Please visit www.qldbagban.com.au or call the National Retail Association’s Retail Hotline on 1800 RETAIL (738 245).