Plastic pollution is a growing problem. In the past, Australians have used up to 10 million plastic bags every day, totalling 4 billion every year. Of these, approximately 150 million end up in our oceans and waterways, contributing to an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into our oceans every year.
Although plastic is lightweight and low cost, it doesn’t go away; it breaks into many pieces, ends up in landfill or as litter and can cause long term harm to the environment and wildlife. Even plastics that are biodegradable only break down in certain composting conditions, so it’s best to avoid single-use.
A ban is coming.
To help combat plastic pollution a ban on lightweight plastic bags will come into place on 1 November 2019 in Victoria. The ban is on any plastic shopping bag with a thickness of 35 microns or less including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic shopping bags.