Thursday, 9 May 2013

Plastic shopping bag legislation

Contact: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Intended Audience: All schools & colleges

For your information, the proposed Tasmanian plastic shopping bag legislation has been tabled in Parliament. The proposed Bill can be viewed on the Parliament website and progress can be tracked on the site.

Under the proposed legislation, all retailers regardless of size, will no longer be able to supply shoppers in Tasmania with lightweight, non-biodegradable plastic bags, to carry or transport goods bought from the retailer.

The proposed legislation builds on the increasing customer uptake of reusable bags and on initiatives already undertaken by many retailers in Tasmania, including many smaller businesses which are helping to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Lightweight shopping plastic bags, including those labelled as ‘degradable’ will be banned under the proposed Tasmanian legislation. It will not restrict the supply of heavier ‘boutique-style’ plastic bags, or thin-film barrier bags used for wrapping prepared food and fruit and vegetables. There will also be no restriction on the supply of compostable biodegradable bags that demonstrate compliance with the Australian Standard AS4736 ‘Biodegradable Plastics Suitable for Composting and Other Microbial Treatment’.

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