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From 1 November 2019, retailers are banned from giving customers lightweight plastic shopping bags. The ban will apply to plastic shopping bags with handles, with a thickness of 35 micrometres (μm) or less at any part of the bag. 

The plastic bag ban is a result of environment protection laws.

The aim of the ban is to protect Victoria’s environment and wildlife from plastic pollution.

The plastic bag ban applies to all retailers. These include:

  • supermarkets
  • clothes shops
  • food outlets
  • convenience stores
  • service stations. 

Read more

Plastic bag ban – your questions answered

Sustainability Victoria – information for the public

The Vic Bag Ban – information for retailers

Reviewed 4 November 2019