Coles will start charging for 15c Plastic & # 039; Better Bags & # 039; from today

<pre><pre>Coles will start charging for 15c Plastic & # 039; Better Bags & # 039; from today

Dozens of countries around the world have waged a war against plastic bags, implementing a variety of policies to help protect the environment.

From a total ban to the imposition of taxes, we take a look at some of the schemes around the world.


Strict laws are in force in many African countries, with South Africa being the first to introduce a tax in 2004.

But, in 2017, Kenya announced one of the toughest policies in the world on transport exchanges, implementing a nationwide ban.

People involved in the creation or importation of plastic bags can face up to four years in prison or fines equivalent to around £ 30,000.


Bangladesh was the first country in the world to ban the production and use of plastic bags in 2002 after it was discovered that they were drowning drainage systems and causing flooding.

Despite the ban, plastic bags continue to be a problem for the country's sewer systems.


Transportation bags are banned in almost every state in Australia, with the elimination implemented at the state or territorial level instead of at the national level.

The city of Tasmania, in Coles Bay, became the first place in the country to ban plastic bags in 2003, while the first state ban was introduced in South Australia in 2009.

Bans went into effect in Queensland and Western Australia in July of this year, while Victoria is ready to introduce the policy in the coming months.

In New South Wales, where there is no total ban, major supermarkets have removed single-use plastic bags from stores and charge for reusable bags.


Denmark was the first European country to introduce a tax on plastic bags in 1993. This encouraged stores to charge for bags and push the use of reusable bags.

The figures in 2014 showed that Denmark had the lowest use of plastic bags in Europe, at four bags per person per year.


There is no plastic bag rate or ban in the entire United States. However, California became the first to introduce a state ban for all wholesale and retail businesses in 2014.

More than 200 counties have imposed a fee or have banned the bags directly.

New York could soon join California with a state ban after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a bill earlier this year.