Plastic bag free NSW

Inner West Council supports the Plastic Bag Free NSW Campaign.

The momentum to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in NSW is significant. South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT have already taken the step—with great outcomes for the environment.

On a global level, entire countries including Ireland, Bangladesh, South Africa and China have either banned plastic shopping bags or implemented a levy to reduce consumption. California was the first State in the USA to introduce a State-wide ban. It’s time for action!

What's the problem?

  • Australians use more than four billion plastic checkout-style bags per year.
  • Australians throw out more than 7,000 plastic bags per minute.
  • Lightweight plastic bags are used for 12 minutes on average.
  • They take up to 1,000 years to break down.
  • In only four shopping trips, the average Australian family accumulates 60 plastic bags.
  • Each year in Australia, an estimated 50 million plastic bags do not make it to landfill, instead entering the environment… and they never leave.
  • Plastic bag litter kills tens of thousands of birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.
  • These bags are made from fossil fuels, which are precious and non-renewable.

July 2015 Omnipoll revealed that 63% of Australian and 64% of NSW residents and shoppers support a ban on single use plastic bags from supermarkets and stores in NSW. Once a ban is put into effect, support dramatically increases: 81% of South Australians support the existing ban there now that free single use bags are no longer supplied in stores.

What can you do?

Whether you are a shopper or a retailer you can do something.

  • Take a reusable bag with you when shopping
  • Sign a petition to ban the bag
  • Follow these handy hints to go plastic bag free
  • Support groups that call for a plastic ban in NSW:

Boomerang Alliance

Clean up Australia

Planet Ark

Plastic Bag Free NSW

This video from Clean Up Australia shows the damage that plastic bags do to the environment:

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Page last updated: 18 Mar 2019