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Plastic Bag Ban

Posted on: Friday, 15 June 2018 at 12:36:34 PM

Plastic Bag Ban: Information and Resources

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Bags) Regulations 2018 commence on 1 July 2018, banning lightweight plastic bags. A lightweight plastic bag is defined as having a thickness of 35 microns or less, with handles including those that are degradable, biodegradable and compostable.

WA’s plastic bag ban will affect all retailers—from grocery and fast food stores to fashion boutiques, market stalls and pharmacies.  To assist retailers make the necessary business changes and rundown existing stocks, there is a transitional period until 31 December 2018.

The State Government’s education campaign—What’s Your Bag Plan?—has commenced to encourage WA consumers to carry their own alternative, reusable bags.  Further information and resources that can be promoted to the community are available from

The Government is also partnering with the National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a retailer-focused education campaign, including retail precinct tours and face-to-face engagement—providing support for retailers—helping them comply with the ban and find alternatives for their customers.  Retailers can contact NRA’s Retail Hotline on 1800 817 723 or by email at The address for the NRA’s dedicated retailer website is

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