THE VIC BAG BAN

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019.

The ban applies to ALL retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more.

The ban will apply to all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness below 36 microns, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) to help retailers’ transition away from lightweight plastic bags.

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All retailers will be banned from supplying lightweight plastic shopping bags including degradable, biodegradable ...

This ban is just the first step in the Government’s broader agenda to reduce problematic plastics which impact...

All businesses should carefully consider the best long-term options, even if you currently use a legal bag...

From March 2019, the NRA are conducting over 100 tours of shopping precincts throughout Victoria to assist retailers ...

The NRA has created a large range of resources such as factsheets, official signage and translated information ...

See what other retailers from similar categories are doing to prepare for the bag ban...

LEARN FROM OTHERS

LEARN FROM OTHERS

REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES

Instagram post 2116562314153718564_12001324032 Kim at Minh Phat Supermarket in Abbotsford is getting ready for the upcoming lightweight plastic bag ban in Victoria ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2116460453979632160_12001324032 Today we are visiting @dandenongmarket to spread the #vicbagban message!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#dandenong
Instagram post 2114972660027671206_12001324032 Natalie at @booltastic is on board ✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association

REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES

Instagram post 2116562314153718564_12001324032 Kim at Minh Phat Supermarket in Abbotsford is getting ready for the upcoming lightweight plastic bag ban in Victoria ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2116460453979632160_12001324032 Today we are visiting @dandenongmarket to spread the #vicbagban message!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#dandenong
Instagram post 2114972660027671206_12001324032 Natalie at @booltastic is on board ✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2114970528339960118_12001324032 A little bit shy @noodleboxau in Warrnambool but their packing is awesome! ✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2114969452794400365_12001324032 Big shout out to @routleysbakery in Colac who ditched the plastic bags a while ago 👍✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#colac
Instagram post 2114968079629596396_12001324032 @jospantry it's paper all the way! 👍👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#colac
Instagram post 2114966078652974413_12001324032 Uday @papercupandco with one of their paper bags ♻️ Great work! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#geelongbusiness
Instagram post 2114964652581339557_12001324032 Big smiles @caferook  in Geelong - Yeti is proud to be plastic bag free 👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#geelongbusiness
Instagram post 2114963270281215276_12001324032 Braydon @thebackyardgeelong  offers only paper bags 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#geelongbusiness
Instagram post 2110155275441677757_12001324032 Visiting Geelong retailers tomorrow! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#geelong 
#geelongretail 
#geelongbusiness
Instagram post 2108647216944785071_12001324032 Ahmed @potatocorner_melton supports the bag ban by using only paper bags ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#melton
Instagram post 2108646137632962682_12001324032 @fotileaus in @boxhillcentral  they only offer non woven bags ✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#boxhill
Instagram post 2108644669400024878_12001324032 It's smiles all 'round @hominginstincts Hawthorn - thanks Paris & Alison for the big smiles 😃 and the fab paper bags you offer.

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2108643390422677450_12001324032 Graham @gontrancherrierau is proud to be plastic bag free 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#glenferrieroad 
#hawthorn
Instagram post 2108642554338597208_12001324032 Jack @hawthorngrillhouse offers his customers paper bags already - great work guys! ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#hawthorn 
#glenferrieroad
Instagram post 2108641553795635190_12001324032 @liangcrispyroll it's branded paper bags ✔️ thanks Alan 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#glenferrieroad
Instagram post 2108640151052579526_12001324032 Delicious bagels & paper bags @bagelicious 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#glenferrieroad
Instagram post 2105618860401898925_12001324032 Today we are at Footscray Market talking to stallholders about the upcoming Vic Bag Ban

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#footscraymarket
Instagram post 2101375234272486470_12001324032 @publiquebakery great work with the paper bags! 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2100628003487501852_12001324032 Plastic is Contraband @contrabandcoffeetraders 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#preston 
#prestonmarket
Instagram post 2100627100613412410_12001324032 Jamie @superrawmelbourne  only offers paper bags 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#preston 
#prestonmarket
Instagram post 2100625807333363430_12001324032 @gringopaella they don't use any bags 👌👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#preston 
#prestonmarket
Instagram post 2100624205620722011_12001324032 The lovely Amelia from Peters Pizza & Takeaway at Preston Market modelling one of our retailer posters in Greek - they are getting Bag Ban ready! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2100608460648165310_12001324032 This afternoon we are @prestonmarketau 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#preston
Instagram post 2099970443021423163_12001324032 @thecoffeecupboard  they might be a  bit shy but their paper bags are the best ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mooneeponds 
#pucklestreet
Instagram post 2099967938174756742_12001324032 @notjustgelato_mooneeponds  they love a paper bag 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2099965139676434971_12001324032 @pharmacy4less they use nonwoven bags - how awesome are they?
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mooneeponds
Instagram post 2099958429402280395_12001324032 @yahwehasiangrocery  has made the change already 👏 awesome work guys! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mooneeponds
Instagram post 2099956889019126679_12001324032 the Advantage Pharmacy in Kilmore knows how it's done! Paper bags all the way! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#kilmore
Instagram post 2099955555473783841_12001324032 @thehandmademarketplace_  they keep it simple ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#kilmore
Instagram post 2099954259383466474_12001324032 look at these great printed paperbags at Wolf Clothing in Kilmore 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#kilmore
Instagram post 2099951996439088986_12001324032 @busykids_boutique is plain 'ol paper, but we sure do love that❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#bacchusmarsh
Instagram post 2099950569125625451_12001324032 @cheapaschipsaus  made the change a long time ago now and haven't looked back - we love early adopters! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#shepparton
Instagram post 2099948310551797833_12001324032 The staff are shy @patcroake  in Kilmore but we think their paper bags are just awesome! Love your work guys! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#kilmore
Instagram post 2099946781929281872_12001324032 What a legend Peter is @donutagogo.com.au  just paper bags, but only if you really need one 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#shepparton
Instagram post 2099945533922447110_12001324032 Brad @bradsmagicmeats is making the change to paper bags in his butcher shop✔️✔️✔️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#shepparton
Instagram post 2099944142168576325_12001324032 @gb_coffee in Shepparton they love the simplicity of a stamped paper bag - great work guys! 
#shepparton
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2099942499645434706_12001324032 Lawrence @ Strictly Feet in Benalla uses recycled paper bags 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2099941118209486878_12001324032 Only super heroes use paper bags 👍
thanks to the team @redroadcafebenalla ♻️👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#benalla
Instagram post 2099940025526287810_12001324032 It's paper bags only @northeastartisans in Benalla!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#benalla
Instagram post 2099936422443046981_12001324032 At Herman's of Horsham Ray only offers boxes to his customers - he made the change a long time ago and hasn't looked back!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#horsham
Instagram post 2095439917136793774_12001324032 Good morning Benalla - #Vicbagban is in town 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#benalla
Instagram post 2094903561620870125_12001324032 @zambrero in Wodonga it's branded paper 👍 Gold star for you guys!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2094901849212478027_12001324032 @cornercafecowodonga  use only paper - awesome work Sophie! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2094900422964574128_12001324032 @piccolopod it's about the coffee not the bags! Shane only uses paper if he really has to 👌♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2094899242796402220_12001324032 @med_street_food  Andiamo use plain ol' paper bags in Wodonga - thanks Emma! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2090401900877662638_12001324032 Sharon from Fashion Queen in Northcote Plaza uses non woven bags for her gorgeous quilts 👍
#northcote
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
 @fashionqueen488
Instagram post 2088941667764576096_12001324032 We are amongst the hustle and bustle in Springvale today spreading the #VICbagban  message
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#springvale 
#springvaleshoppingcentre
Instagram post 2085959935029244937_12001324032 How cute are these bags @kawaiikids 🌈 in Horsham! Thanks Jasmine
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#horsham
Instagram post 2085957136547719847_12001324032 Many & Allison at Horsham Plaza management are ready for the bag ban! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#horsham
Instagram post 2085541231543976665_12001324032 Denise @stawellnewsagency has been plastic bag free for a long time now and has never looked back! Legend! ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#stawell
Instagram post 2085539100762143303_12001324032 Kim @mokepillycafe is happy to model for the #VICbagban 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#stawell
Instagram post 2085509620811426769_12001324032 #stawell got a visit from #VICbagban today
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#stawell
Instagram post 2085508383676119631_12001324032 Grant is getting arty at #stawell @gallerycafestawell ⭐👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#stawell 
#stawelltraders
Instagram post 2085198833848909551_12001324032 In #horsham this morning talking all things #VICbagban 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#horshambusiness
Instagram post 2084748684559270016_12001324032 Keeping it super simple at @glownutritioncafe in Mildura - 👍 Carl! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mildura 
#mildurabusiness
Instagram post 2084747246525443942_12001324032 @blk.mlk_specialty_coffee  use simple stamped paper bags - awesome work!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mildurabusiness 
#mildura
Instagram post 2084745976976664809_12001324032 @collinsbooksellersmildura  Leigh is proud to be plastic bag free ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#mildura 
#mildurabusiness
Instagram post 2084744701438385576_12001324032 Thanks to Charlie @angelcakescafe in Swan Hill for the #Vicbagban support
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#swanhill
Instagram post 2084743455503606671_12001324032 @suttonsbakery it's paper bags for your goodies - thanks Linda

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#echuca
Instagram post 2084742255765057215_12001324032 This guy is happy not to use any bags at all @echucagames 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2084741063181627770_12001324032 Kylie @camerahouse Echuca is proud to support the #VICbagban
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#echuca
Instagram post 2084738507273599591_12001324032 Using paper bags only makes everyone happy - thanks to Lisa and staff in #ballarat 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#ballaratbusiness
Instagram post 2084736636186095115_12001324032 Fiona @noneeandco knows that paper bags are the way to go! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#ballaratbusiness 
#ballarat
Instagram post 2084735438100023501_12001324032 You might be shy Ros, but your use of paper bags is worth being proud of! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#ballarat
Instagram post 2084734507157480533_12001324032 Thanks to Ash @peteralexanderofficial  in Ballarat for showing off their amazing paper bags 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#ballarat
Instagram post 2080233439740398415_12001324032 You might have heard us on ABC Mildura Swan Hill recently talking about the #VICbagban - I ran into Emmie at the local coffee shop this morning from the station - she's right behind the ban! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2080183967488418846_12001324032 Talking #VICbagban in Mildura today! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2079503739879662719_12001324032 #sealakevictoria 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2079460730622293848_12001324032 Good work #Wedderburn!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#wedderburnvic
Instagram post 2078977748924904623_12001324032 No bags for you @getnakedespressobar in Bendigo... they are even moving away from buying their coffee in single use bags!♻️ Brittany, you're a star ⭐
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#bendigo
#mitchellstbendigo
Instagram post 2078976128430636827_12001324032 It's all about boxes @organics_bendigo - thanks for chatting all things #vicbagban Evan! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#bendigo 
#lyttletonstreet
Instagram post 2078974789004666490_12001324032 @bendigo_wholefoods  it's all about the paper bags and big smiles - thanks Brett-Rose ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
#Bendigo 
#lyttletonstreet
Instagram post 2078972253271133862_12001324032 Ben, you're a champ - all burgers in paper bags @thehustlerburgerbar  in #Bendigo 
#lyttletonstreet
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2078966030836435865_12001324032 Going plastic bag free doesn't need to be difficult just ask Mary @citycentralnewsagency in #Bendigo
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2078809109567602315_12001324032 Talking all things Vic Bag Ban in #Bendigo today!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2075123003755904967_12001324032 It's all about the boutique paper bag @factorie -👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2075122113775131638_12001324032 ♻️Bonds love recycled paper bags and so do we! Thanks Cam ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2075120327915829566_12001324032 Look how happy Ely is about the @cotton_on_aus bag choices! 😄♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association

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