The $ 50,000 plastic bag fines coming from MORGEN: Huge penalties given to supermarkets that break the law
- The state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags in Victoria applies to all retailers
- Lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less are prohibited
- Retailers who break the law are fined $ 49,500 and $ 9,900 for individuals
Retailers handing out single-use plastic bags may be fined $ 49,500 under strict new laws that will come into force tomorrow.
The state ban in Victoria, effective Friday, applies to all retailers, including supermarkets, clothing stores, restaurants, and convenience stores.
The ban applies to lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less on every part of the bag, including biodegradable bags.
All retailers in Victoria handing out single-use plastic bags can be beaten with a fine of $ 49,500 starting tomorrow
Individuals – including those who operate online stores – are fined $ 9,900 for each violation.
Lightweight plastic bags for unpackaged food such as fruit, meat or fish do not apply to the ban.
But retailers cannot use those bags as a replacement for one-off bags.
The same penalties also apply to people who supply or manufacture plastic bags, or to people who give false or misleading information about the composition of a bag.
Every state and territory in Australia, except Victoria and New South Wales, has already banned lightweight plastic shopping bags.
The Victorian ban was first announced in 2018 to give companies time to clean up supplies.
Retailers have begun alerting customers to the entire state ban, effective from Friday
Victorian Environment Minister, Lily D & Ambrosio, said the ban would tackle pollution in the rivers and wildlife of the ocean.
& # 39; Victorians use more than one billion of these bags every year & # 39 ;, she said earlier this year.
& # 39; More than 10 million of these end up in our environment as waste. We know that is not good enough. & # 39;
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