The ACT’s Plastic Bag Ban came into effect on 1 November 2011 with the aim of restricting the use of single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags and encouraging people to use re-usable shopping bags.
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Useful information for retailers - This is where retailers can find information about the ban and how to prepare for it.
Useful information for the community - This is where the community can find information about the ban including which bags they can and cannot use
Plastic Bag Ban resources - A range of resources have been developed to help retailers with the phase out of lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags.
Useful information on Australian Standard plastic products - The list is supplied by the Plastic and Chemicals Industry Association and it should be noted that only four products on this list comply with the Australian Standard. The ACT Government does not endorse any suppliers of these products.
The ACT plastic bag ban followed a four month transitional period which began on 1 July.The consultation process sought views from members of the community about how they use plastic bags in and around the home, as well as their opinions on a possible ban or levy. The plastic bags community consultation was undertaken by consultants Manidis Roberts on behalf of the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.
The ban followed a comprehensive study of community attitudes towards the use of plastic bags in the retail environment carried out in August 2009. In December 2010, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed legislation to ban lightweight plastic bags in the ACT. The Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010 can be downloaded from www.legislation.act.gov.au