The ban on lightweight plastic bags will officially come into force in Penrith from 1 June, in line with the first stage of the NSW Government’s single-use plastics ban.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said the ban will help to prevent almost 2.7 billion items of plastic litter from entering the environment in NSW over the next 20 years.
“Banning lightweight plastic bags on 1 June is a key part of changing how we use, reuse and dispose of plastic,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This plastic bag ban, and the further single-use plastic bans later in the year will significantly improve the state of our environment in the Penrith region.
“As we all know, it’s the little changes that matter and make a difference.”
Minister for Environment James Griffin all of us can see the impact plastic pollution is having on our environment, which is why these major changes to plastic use are needed.
“Single-use plastic is used by many of us for just a few convenient minutes, but it remains in our environment for many years, eventually breaking into microplastics,” Mr Griffin said.
“We know that single-use plastic items and packaging make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW. By stopping the supply of problematic plastic in the first place, we’re helping prevent it from entering our environment as litter, or going into landfill.”
In addition to the lightweight plastic bag ban from 1 June, from November the NSW Government is banning:
- single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls and cotton buds
- expanded polystyrene food ware and cups
- rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads.
The NSW Government passed the Plastic Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021 in November, and introduced the Plastics Action Plan last year.
To ensure small businesses are ready for the changes this year, the NSW Government engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a comprehensive education campaign to more than 40,000 businesses across NSW.
The NRA is running a retailer education campaign, conducting store visits, and providing online webinars and resources to help businesses make the transition away from problematic single-use plastics.