Last week in State Parliament, the Legislative Assembly passed a Bill that bans the use of all single-use lightweight shopping bags.
These bags will be banned from 1st November 2019 and this will apply to all retailers including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, petrol stations and more.
Mr Northe supported the Legislation which is a sensible step in reducing waste and improving environmental outcomes. Link to Mr Northe’s speech
Given the short space of time in which the ban will apply, the National Retail Association will be undertaking a public campaign in advising businesses of their obligations surrounding these new laws.
The National Retail Association will be visiting businesses in the Latrobe Valley on 28 August, 2019 and should local retailers wish to receive a visit from National Retail Association representatives they can do so by contacting the organisation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information and advice, consumers and businesses can call the Bag Ban Hotline on 1800 817 723 or by visiting following website: https://vicbagban.com.au/
Note that this Legislation still needs to pass the Legislative Council before coming law; however it is understood there is strong support in having this Bill passed.