The impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and especially on our marine life are a very real concern. Plastic shopping bags in particular are of significant concern because when they get into waterways and the marine environment, wildlife such as sea turtles and sea birds can swallow, or become entangled in them.
In a new Queensland Government initiative, from Sunday, 1 July 2018, Queensland retailers are no longer able to supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns, either free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic shopping bags as they can still harm wildlife if littered.
The ban does not include other plastic bag types such as reusable heavy-weight plastic shopping bags that supermarkets generally sell, single-use heavy-weight ‘boutique’ plastic shopping bags, bin liners, fruit and vegetable ‘barrier’ bags, dog poo bags or nappy bags.