The Victorian government is the latest Australian state to commit to banning single-use plastic bags in supermarkets.
Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement on Channel Ten’s The Project last night, saying it was “really important for our environment, particularly for our waterways, for landfill, for waste management”
“The Minister for the Environment will have more to say about that … We’re going to get this done as quickly as we can.”
Andrews also called on the New South Wales Premier to do the same.
“Hopefully Gladys Berejiklian will be convinced to do what NSW does so well: follow Victoria’s lead,” he said.
NSW is the only state in the country which has not to take action on the issue.
In 2009 South Australia lead the nation with a ban on lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags, excluding heavier duty and fruit bags. South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory have subsequently followed suit.
The bags will be banned in Queensland and Western Australia next year and the country’s largest supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles, have announced plans to stop using them from July 2018.
Food retailer Harris Farm has lead the push in NSW, and won’t offer single-use bags from the start of 2018, but has called on the state government to support the issue by instigating its own ban.
NSW environment minister Gabrielle Upton says the state government is focused on implementing its container deposit scheme, which begins in December.
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