Australia’s two major supermarket chains have already stopped handing out single use plastic bags, but as of today in Victoria single use plastic bags are banned entirely.
The ban applies to all plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including degradable, bio-degradable and compostable bags.
The new laws prohibit any person or business that sells goods in trade or commerce — including online stores — from giving away these types of plastic bags. If caught, they could be hit with major fines of nearly $50,000.
It varies. The supermarkets are selling thicker plastic bags for multiple use for about 15 cents (about 8p) or bag for life type bags for $1 – $5 (53p – £2.60) depending on the bag – much cheaper than they were before the bag ban.