Sustainable Materials, Products and Food

WA Ban on Lightweight Plastic Bags

From 1 July 2018, it will be prohibited for retailers in WA to supply lightweight plastic bags with handles, 35 microns thick or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags. There are loads of options available to shoppers to replace plastic bags, including cardboard boxes, reusable bags (eg. hessian, cotton) and baskets.

All the details on the bag ban, including a full list of plastic bag alternatives, can be found on

the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s website www.whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au

Support for retailers can be found on the National Retail Association’s website at www.bagbanwa.com.au