Plastic bag bans and fees

Many jurisdictions (cities, states and countries) have enacted fees or bans on various forms of plastic. Bans on single use plastic bags and plastic water bottles are common. StopPlastics has prepared a list of jurisdictions with bans or fees and updates it on a regular basis.


OCEANA, AUSTRALIA, Freemantle, W. Australia, Ban
“Evidence from SA shows that banning plastic bags helps shift community attitudes to become more environmentally aware. Consumers bringing reusable bags jumped from around six in 10 to more than nine in 10 once the ban was implemented.”


In 2003 resident Matt Cross partnered with the Huskisson Chamber of Commerce and made their home plastic bag free. Plastic bags are no longer used in hopes to create a more sustainable future and boost tourism through the preservation of the environment.


OCEANA, AUSTRALIA, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Ban
The folks of Kangaroo Valley decided to lower their carbon footprint. Many initiatives were undertaken to help the town lead a more sustainable lifestyle, one such measure was the banning of disposable plastic bags in 2003.


Starting in 2005 retailers in Loddon Shire started handing out biodegradable shopping bags in response to a ban on disposable plastic bags. The ban has been very well received and residents have embraced and readily use reusable grocery bags.


The tiny town of Mogo decided to think big when they banned plastic bags back in 2003. Even though the town has 35 shops there were estimates of 15,000 bags being used each year. To help residents get used to the ban reusable cloth bags were created and put up for sale to commemorate the ban and local school children were enlisted to design logos for future reusable bags.


OCEANA, AUSTRALIA, South Australia, Ban
In 2009 South Australia banned lightweight, checkout style plastic bags. The ban has been well received and has inspired other states and territories to issue similar bans. It is estimated that there are 400 million fewer plastic bags in the state every year.


From 1 November 2013, retailers in Tasmania can no longer supply shoppers with a plastic shopping bag for the purpose of enabling goods sold, or to be sold, by the retailer, to be carried from the retailer's premises. The primary aim of the Tasmanian Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2013 is to reduce the number of lightweight plastic shopping bags in Tasmania by encouraging the use of clean reusable bags.