Plastic bag ban — for shoppers
Since 1 July 2018, retailers are no longer able to supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness to customers, for free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable bags as they break down in the environment in the same way as conventional plastic shopping bags and can still harm the environment and wildlife.
Some plastic shopping bags and other types of plastic bags are not included in the ban. The pictures below are examples of the types of bags which are not included in the ban.
To maximise the environmental benefit of any reusable shopping bag, it’s important that they are reused as many times as possible and recycled at their end-of-life, where possible.