Queenslanders will no longer be provided with light weight, single use plastic bags after Queensland State Parliament unanimously passed new laws banning the bags, coming into effect on 1 July 2018.
The move supports environmental concerns about the effect of plastic bag on Australian wildlife, particularly marine creatures. It follows states such as South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT who also have plastic bag bans in place.
The ban applies to lightweight plastic bags, less than 35 microns thick, with handles (‘singlet’ bags) including those deemed biodegradable, degradable or compostable. Heavier weight bags, such as department store bags designed for multiple use are not affected by the ban, however the Queensland Government recommends that retailers take voluntary measures to reduce the use of heavier-weight plastic bags. The QLD bag ban website provides further information about how the ban may affect you.
Retailers that currently supply single use plastic bags should look into providing reusable bags in preparation for any changes to the law, especially as Victoria and Western Australia are looking into implementing a similar ban in the near future.
Many retailers already sell reusable bags that are customised to their brand, which can be a great, low cost method to market your business as well as support the environment.
If you need advice regarding your supply contracts for customised items such as reusable bags, trade mark applications or your compliance with the law, do please don’t hesitate to contact me at or call me at 1300 033 934 for a no-obligation quote.