Waste

Banning the bag to reduce plastic pollution


Under legislation, retailers in Victoria will be banned from providing customers with lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November this year.

The aim of the ban is to protect Victoria’s:

  • rivers,
  • waterways,
  • marine environment, and
  • wildlife

from plastic pollution.

Retailers will be banned from providing customers with lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles and a thickness of 35 microns or less. This includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic.

The ban will apply to all retail outlets including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores and service stations.

The plastic bag ban is part of a suite of Government measures designed to reduce the impact of plastic pollution, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and strengthen Victoria’s recycling industry.

Similar plastic bag bans already apply in South Australia, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

The Vic Bag Ban webpage has information to help retailers get ready for the ban.

Further information for retailers, suppliers and manufacturers will be available on this page in the lead up to the ban.

Page last updated on 2 Sep 2019