Local businesses are welcoming the state-wide ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags and say customers are jumping on board with the change as the ban comes into effect today.
Announced by the Victorian Government in June this year, the ban sees retailers banned from supplying plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic.
The ban applies to all retailers, including supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, markets, fast food outlets and convenience stores and is designed to reduce the impact of plastic pollution, reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and strengthen Victoria’s recycling industry.
Many local businesses have already made the move to reusable bags with franchises including Coles, Woolworths and Kmart ditching single-use bags this year.
Crameri’s Mitre 10 is one local business set to be impacted by the ban, but owner Bernie Crameri said the store started phasing out single-use plastic bags some time ago, favouring paper bags and cardboard boxes instead.
“We’ve been phasing the bags out for quite a while and it really doesn’t worry us because we’d rather use paper bags and cardboard boxes anyway,” he said.
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