The Palaszczuk Government’s plastic bag ban comes into effect on July 1, said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.
Urgent action is needed because around 16 million of these bags wind up in our environment each year, said Mr Whiting.
“Close to one billion single use plastic shopping bags are used every year by Queenslanders,” Mr Whiting said.
“The ban will help keep our state beautiful for generations to come and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our treasured environment and wildlife”
The ban applies to all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns in thickness, including compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastic shopping bags.
Mr Whiting said the ban will apply to all retailers including market-stall holders and organisations which supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags, for in-store and online sales.
“Already some retailers have already stopped using plastic shopping base.
“Most householders are already likely to have alternative bags they can use such as reusable ‘green bags’ or bags they use every day, like a backpack,” Mr Whiting said.