The retail sector will work with the Palaszczuk Government to help prepare Queenslanders for life without single-use, plastic shopping bags from mid-2018. The laws will be similar to those in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said the National Retail Association will launch an awareness campaign to inform retailers of the impending changes.
“Around 900 million single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags are used each year and up to 16 million bags are thrown away, ending up in our waterways, beaches and parks,” Mr Miles said.
“Shopping bag litter is an eyesore, and these bags can take thousands of years to fully break down.
“One of our election commitments was to investigate initiatives to address the litter problem and specifically, this conspicuous plastic pollution.
“The National Retail Association will run workshops for retailers all over the state, to help the sector understand the ban and what they need to do – as well as how to talk to shoppers about the ban and the reasons for the change. There will also be a website with information that shops and stores need in order to prepare for the ban, including the alternatives to plastic bags.”
Mr Miles said partnering with peak bodies such as the Association ensured that retailers’ views and questions were represented and that information could be provided well in advance of the start date for the ban.
The legislation will be introduced mid-2017, however the ban won’t commence until 1 July 2018.