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Plastic bag bans are coming. Here’s what you need to know

From July 1, Queensland and Western Australia will ban single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major retailers, bringing the states into line with the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania.

Victoria is set to follow, having announced plans in October 2017 to phase out most lightweight plastic bags this year, leaving only New South Wales without a proposed ban.

Supermarkets have followed suit.

There’s also a growing grassroots movement to ban plastic straws, with nearly 100 venues Australia-wide already having phased out single-use straws through partnerships with The Last Straw campaign.

So, what do plastic bans actually mean and are they truly better for the environment?

Read the full story on the ABC here. 


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