Plastic Bag Ban

While the NSW Government has no plans to enforce a state-wide ban on plastic bags, many large retailers have volunteered to stop providing free bags. Coles, Woolworths, and Harris Farm are responsible for over 80 per cent of plastic bag use in NSW, and have all volunteered to phase out single-use plastic bags in favour of green options. 

Woolworths, BWS, Metro and affiliated petrol stations will stop providing single-use plastic bags from 20 June. Need bags? You have the option to bring you own bags or to purchase reusable heavy plastic bags for 15 cents or sturdier canvas bags for 99 cents. 

Meanwhile, Coles, Coles Express, Liquorland, First Choice, Liquor Market and Vintage Cellars will all phase out single-use bags from 1 July to make way for the Coles “Better Bag” – a bigger, thicker, more durable bag made from 80 per cent recycled material and sold for 15 cents each. They can also be recycled through the “REDcycle” bins at Coles stores.  

Studies have revealed that single-use plastic bags have a devastating effect on marine life in particular, however, options such as cotton bags and reusable plastic bags are not completely guilt-free either. The most effective way to reduce the impact of bags on the environment? Make sure to reuse them. You’ll just have to remember to keep some handy.