Reviews and community survey results
The plastic bag ban that began on 1 November 2011 has been internally reviewed twice - in 2012 and 2014 - to assess environmental and social outcomes of the ban.
In 2018 the ban was independently reviewed by the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auty. Significant technical analysis undertaken by the Australian National University supported this review.
These three reviews found the ban has been effective in reducing plastic bag consumption and associated litter.
- Unfantastic Plastic - Review of the ACT Shopping Bag Ban (2018)
- Plastic bag ban review report (2014)
- Plastic bag review report (2012)
- Appendix 1 - Consumer survey plastic bag ban (2012)