Reviews and community survey results

The plastic bag ban that began on 1 November 2011 has been reviewed twice—in 2012 and 2014—to assess environmental and social outcomes of the ban. The 2014 review concluded that the ACT's plastic shopping bag ban had decreased the amount of plastic bag waste sent to landfill by about one-third. It found that:

  • more than 70% of people surveyed said they did not want the ban overturned
  • 65% of Canberra grocery shoppers supported the ban for environmental reasons and agreed the ban had a positive effect on the environment
  • almost 70% of people surveyed thought the ban should be implemented nationally.

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