Single-use plastic bags will be banned in NSW this week

“Currently, single-use plastic items and packaging make up 60% of all waste in New South Wales.”

In a massive victory for the environment, single-use plastic bags will be banned in New South Wales from June 1.

From Wednesday this week, plastic bags weighing less than 35 microns in thickness will no longer be available for purchase in New South Wales.

The ban will see lightweight plastic bags removed from retailers across the state, products such as trash bags, diaper bags, pet waste bags and supermarket produce and deli bags remaining exempted.

A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency said the ban will prevent billions of plastic items from polluting the ocean as well as local rivers and beaches.

“Currently, single-use plastic items and packaging make up 60% of all waste in New South Wales,” an EPA spokesperson said. “Single-use plastics stay in our environment for years and then eventually break down into microplastics. These plastic bans alone will prevent nearly 2.7 billion items from entering the NSW environment over the past few years. next 20 years.

According to the EPA, compostable and bioplastic bags under 35 microns will also be banned under the new restrictions because they traditionally cannot be processed without proper industrial composting facilities and end up causing the same problems as traditional plastic.

An EPA spokesperson told Junkee the ban would see many supermarkets ditch plastic bags at checkouts, so remember to shop BYO starting Wednesday this week.

The ban will be extended in November to cover other single-use plastic items such as plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls and cotton swabs as well as personal care products containing microbeads.

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