Poll: Do you think the plastic bag ban has been a success?

Woolworths eco bagIt’s six months since Australian supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Initially the decision was met with much criticism as many consumers struggled to make the adjustment to reusable bags but after subsequent backflips, the ban remained in place.

On January 1, WA introduced a similar ban for all retailers in the state. Retailers who fail to comply with the new laws will face substantial fines and disruptions to business operations.

Today we are asking if you think overall the bag ban has been a success. Cast your vote below and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Kris Max posted on January 9, 2019

    A success for whom? Your question is somewhat open and no doubt interpreted differently by participants. For the stores who now don't have to spend millions on bags? Yes For the plastic garbage bag manufacturers whose sales must have increased? Yes For the consumer? No benefit or success there - prices haven't reduced, costs have gone up For the environment? Hard to tell - the replacement bags are worse for the environment - and I see plenty of people buying new ones every time I go shopping. So let's be clear about whose interests this change has served when we talk about "success".

    • F Skehan posted on January 9, 2019

      I completely agree with all the points Kris has listed. It certainly has not improved for the Environment with those plastic heavy duty bags even worse and you certainly don't see people re-using those. Get rid of those as an option, and we might, start to make a difference.

  2. Peter posted on January 9, 2019

    I agree with Kris. Over time the use of plastic for packaging of food has grown massively. This has provided huge savings for retailers. If there was a genuine commitment to reducing plastic then why not provide recycling and reward system point of sale.

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