Single-use plastic bags will be banned as of July 1, 2018.
Single-use plastic bags will be banned as of July 1, 2018. iStock

Plastic bag ban draws closer

"I'M CONFIDENT it won't impact our business negatively.”

That is the opinion of local supermarket Drake's Chinchilla manager Simon Tanti as the state-wide plastic bag ban comes into effect in less than two weeks.

As of July 1, supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, chemists, restaurants, clothes stores, market stallholders and organisations will no longer be allowed to supply single-use plastic bags, new laws Mr Tanti believes aren't concerning.

"It certainly is something that will take time to get used to, particularly for the customers, but before you know it, it will just be run of the mill,” he said.

Mr Tanti said although he hadn't needed to undertake extensive preparation, Drake's Chinchilla had made sure to keep their customers informed with posters that had been up around the supermarket for close to three months.

"Our biggest thing was making sure that we kept shoppers notified,” he said.

"As a result, there have been a few questions here and there on what can and can't be used, however overall the response and feedback from the community has been extremely positive.”

Under the new laws, shoppers will be allowed to use reusable bags that are made from 80 per cent recycled material and is set to cost customers 10 cents a bag.

There will also be sturdier environmental bags available, starting at a price of 99 cents.

For those retailers that still have a limited understanding of the plastic bag ban and what it entails, the Queensland Government and the National Retail Association have partnered to deliver an education program to assist retailers in preparing for the ban and help them understand their obligations.


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