How to comply with the plastic bag ban
Find out about the ban on plastic shopping bags in Victoria.
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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:
EPA has engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) in a campaign to raise awareness of Victoria's plastic bag ban. As part of the campaign, the NRA will do spot checks on retailers.
An NRA representative may:
The NRA representative will:
As EPA is regulating the plastic bag ban, the NRA will forward the spot check results to EPA for our information.
Further information on the ban can be found at vicbagban.com.au
Sustainability Victoria – information for the public
The Vic Bag Ban – information for retailers
Reviewed 15 January 2020