WA’s New Year’s resolution to bin the plastic bag

| January 10, 2019

Retailers throughout Western Australia are no longer able to provide customers with lightweight plastic bags when shopping in their store, with the ban taking effect from January 1, 2019.

The National Retail Association (NRA) Manager of Industry Policy David Stout said that consumers across Western Australia need to be prepared for the change as they head to the shops.

“The bag ban applies to all retailers operating in Western Australia regardless of size or type – ranging from newsagents to food outlets, to pharmacies and petrol stations.

“Shoppers need to make sure that they have alternative options in place – such as reusable bags – to safeguard against any inconvenience.

Mr Stout said that the NRA has partnered with the state government to assist the sector make a smooth transition ahead of the ban.

“The NRA has visited thousands of retailers in all parts of the state over the past few months to ensure that retailers are as ready as possible.

“Retailers who fail to comply with the new laws face substantial fines, not to mention severe disruptions to their business operations.”

For more information on the WA Bag Ban, please see the Bag Ban WA website.