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THE VIC BAG BAN

The Victorian Government implemented a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags on 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 applies to all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness of 35 microns or less at any part of the bag, 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.

Since March, the National Retail Association has visited over 180 locations engaging over 15,000 retailers to provide assistance and advice on the ban.

EPA Victoria is managing compliance monitoring and reports of suspected banned bags.

As the ban is now in effect, you can report a suspected banned bag to EPA Victoria. Anyone can report a suspected banned bag though we do ask that you first check what is / isn't banned here.

Call the EPA: 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) 

Email the EPA: contact@epa.vic.gov.au

Go to the EPA website: https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/plasticbags

DISPLAY SIGNAGE IN YOUR STORES

As the ban is now in effect, we recommend all Victorian retailers display the official signage in your store to inform customers.

Signs are also available in 11 languages other than English.

GET THE RIGHT INFO

GET THE RIGHT INFO

All retailers are 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...

Shopping centres, community groups and local government can help spread the word using our social media videos and posts...

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 manage the bag ban...

LEARN FROM OTHERS

LEARN FROM OTHERS

REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES

Instagram post 2261455950069929807_12001324032 @dalle.stella.carnegie  you're offered paper bags 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261403031618666453_12001324032 @brownbear_melbourne
 it's paper bags for their delicious goodies 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261401914943913431_12001324032 Boxes on offer @rhubarbrhubarborganics @prestonmarketau 👍♻️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261400700307012086_12001324032 @noodleboxau Port Melb store are all about paper carry bags for larger orders 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261399643333969562_12001324032 @cafecui in Footscray - this is how they do it ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261398861842882165_12001324032 @badlovebakery , great name, great bags. 👍👍 ♻️♻️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261397209698201092_12001324032 The MS charity shop in Glen Waverley might be reluctant to pose but they offer donated paper bags - way to go! ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261394912477939984_12001324032 Good work Iris @slave2thebeancarnegie ♻️👌 paper all the way
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261392332418793241_12001324032 @the_nude_duck  Hazel likes simplicity of paper bags ✨
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257759552132850631_12001324032 Good work @stockedfoodstore
Malvern 👏👏👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257173015829638865_12001324032 Vinh @vinhskitchen in Footscray uses only paper bags for take away 👍♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257096683909099259_12001324032 simplicity is best @2ndchapter_boxhill 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257094885089639950_12001324032 @riceworkshop let their bags do the talking @boxhillcentral - paper all the way 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257093437341610374_12001324032 Staff are proudly plastic bag free @piatellacafebar in Glen Waverley ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2256299862953638257_12001324032 National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb joined industry and government leaders to support the formation of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact
Instagram post 2252892604110694714_12001324032 Michael only offers non woven bags to his customers 👍👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251334618706071790_12001324032 @vinniesvictoria  are on point with nylon bags 👌thanks Helen & Hannah❤️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251294572013250567_12001324032 @thesouthmelbournebakery it's all about paper bags and quality sourdough 🥖
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251249653508794943_12001324032 @bamboochopstix318  use only paper bags 👍♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association

REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES

Instagram post 2261455950069929807_12001324032 @dalle.stella.carnegie  you're offered paper bags 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261403031618666453_12001324032 @brownbear_melbourne
 it's paper bags for their delicious goodies 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261401914943913431_12001324032 Boxes on offer @rhubarbrhubarborganics @prestonmarketau 👍♻️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261400700307012086_12001324032 @noodleboxau Port Melb store are all about paper carry bags for larger orders 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261399643333969562_12001324032 @cafecui in Footscray - this is how they do it ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261398861842882165_12001324032 @badlovebakery , great name, great bags. 👍👍 ♻️♻️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261397209698201092_12001324032 The MS charity shop in Glen Waverley might be reluctant to pose but they offer donated paper bags - way to go! ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261394912477939984_12001324032 Good work Iris @slave2thebeancarnegie ♻️👌 paper all the way
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2261392332418793241_12001324032 @the_nude_duck  Hazel likes simplicity of paper bags ✨
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257759552132850631_12001324032 Good work @stockedfoodstore
Malvern 👏👏👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257173015829638865_12001324032 Vinh @vinhskitchen in Footscray uses only paper bags for take away 👍♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257096683909099259_12001324032 simplicity is best @2ndchapter_boxhill 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257094885089639950_12001324032 @riceworkshop let their bags do the talking @boxhillcentral - paper all the way 👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2257093437341610374_12001324032 Staff are proudly plastic bag free @piatellacafebar in Glen Waverley ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2256299862953638257_12001324032 National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb joined industry and government leaders to support the formation of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact
Instagram post 2252892604110694714_12001324032 Michael only offers non woven bags to his customers 👍👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251334618706071790_12001324032 @vinniesvictoria  are on point with nylon bags 👌thanks Helen & Hannah❤️ #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251294572013250567_12001324032 @thesouthmelbournebakery it's all about paper bags and quality sourdough 🥖
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2251249653508794943_12001324032 @bamboochopstix318  use only paper bags 👍♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2250698567108846775_12001324032 @fergusonplarrebakehouses are on point with their reusable bags 👍 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2250697328136666544_12001324032 A little bit shy @cocotea.au in the cbd, but these paper drink bags are fantastic! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2250695307790824615_12001324032 Uncle Tetsu in the CBD offer these funky paper bags to their customers ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2250694598374497821_12001324032 @irregularchoiceoz  it's all about the sparkles ✨ look at these awesome reusable bags 👌 thanks Kitty
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2246981360711251950_12001324032 @umpacafeteria only paper bags are offered ♻️ 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2246257954284197874_12001324032 Louis @thuananrestaurant  is happy to offer paper bags for take away meals 👍♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2246196259192961671_12001324032 Hue @freshchillideli only offers paper bags or cotton totes for the bahn Mi. 🥖🍞🥙
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2242654654863442998_12001324032 Visited @marrickvillemetro in Sydney this week and saw new waste separation initiative.
Instagram post 2241906613210529450_12001324032 Brendon @brendonsqualitymeats offers all types of alternative bags and custom boxes to his customers 👌👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2241905619990899285_12001324032 @Doncare charity shop offer non woven bags to their customers
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2241835038100644308_12001324032 Awesome work @toscanos_melbourne moving to paper bags 👌♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236880327454820752_12001324032 @princesshighwayclothing  on Swanston Street you can buy a calico bag or they'll simply offer to wrap your fab clothes in tissue paper 👌 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236877434274279500_12001324032 Stacy @mplazamel only offers paper bags to customers 👍♻️👌
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236873023720284895_12001324032 Prime's Hai Tea offer these super cute non woven bags to their customers 😍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236782035870025961_12001324032 @xingfutang.melbourne  paper bags are the way they roll ♻️👍 #reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236779145088547474_12001324032 Tea Empire on Elizabeth St only offer paper bags for their teas ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2236767742604661544_12001324032 Miniso on Elizabeth St Melbourne only offer paper bags 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2231736845757169719_12001324032 Good work @sushisushiaus at The Glen Shopping Centre👏👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2227395336844965521_12001324032 Lettye at Phil Mart Asian Grocery in Roxburgh Park no longer offers any plastic bags! 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2225956121632384727_12001324032 Great initiative @sussanfashion ❤️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2225955501378756238_12001324032 Good work Oriental Meat in Broadmeadows! 👏👏👏
#reusablebags 
#nobags
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2189667384839490353_12001324032 Damien at Sanctuary Lakes Seafood Specialists is using paper bags for his customers 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2184558558284945991_12001324032 The Gourmet Meat Rack in Northcote Plaza offer customers non woven bags if they forgot their own bags - Thanks Maggie! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2184554650359564011_12001324032 Great reminder @quintonsiga in Warrandyte 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2177300661695977045_12001324032 @ashburtoniga moved to paper bags - great work! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2177289586358510365_12001324032 @ashburtonmeats  they have made the move to paper bags from lightweight plastic 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176643937498703839_12001324032 Fish Pier now offer the option of reusable cooler bags to their customers 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176065670156688695_12001324032 Luigi & Madelyn have the best curated deli delights at @theepicureanqvm , and stylish reusable bags you'll want to show off!

#VICbagban
#plasticbagban
#queenvicmarket 
#reusablebags 
#hessianbags 
#delilife
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176061218909732336_12001324032 Kathy @ Jago's Quality Meats at @vicmarket has a 'cool' range of reusable chiller bags instead of plastic carry bags.

#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#queenvicmarket 
#butcherlife 
#reusablebags 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176058893990232123_12001324032 Customers and traders have a great range of reusable and recyclable bags to use at @vicmarket. Customers can visit the Info Centre and traders source bags from the Traders Hub onsite - win win!

#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#queenvicmarket 
#reusablebags
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176056370369663231_12001324032 @vicmarket has been proudly free if plastic carry bags and plastic straws since May 🌱

#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#queenvicmarket 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176054138337390161_12001324032 Geoff Prosser @ Prosser's Seafood @ @vicmarket shows off how paper bags have replaced their plastic carry bags without impacting their 'fishy' trade 😉

#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#queenvicmarket 
#seafoodlife🐟🐙 #national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176049347309752082_12001324032 @tankfishchips in Carlton have switched to paper. Less plastic in oceans is just common sense when you sell delicious seafood delights. Thanks Anna!
#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#carltonfood 
#seafood
#fishandchips #national_retail_association
Instagram post 2176045719563805531_12001324032 @ilgambero in Lygon St Carlton have completely done away with bags so Bill proudly shows off their menu instead. 
#VICbagban 
#plasticbagban 
#carltonfood 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2171576344760860341_12001324032 Yang Yang Supermarket in Forest Hill Chase are reminding their customers about the lightweight bag ban 👌

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2171574669639765582_12001324032 Spotted @endeavour_hills - bag exchange 👍 forgot your bag... no problem! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2166634877722522659_12001324032 Fabulous bags available at the Whittlesea Monday Market - a fantastic initiative to reduce plastic 🌿 #whittlesea #reusablebags #vicbagban #national_retail_association #shopping #market #monday #retail #plasticbagban #melbourne #victoria
Instagram post 2166514233550710517_12001324032 Good work Kebabs R Us! 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2165892604806071409_12001324032 The countdown is on for November 1! Go check out this comprehensive article by the National Retail Association on Business Victoria to see if your business is prepared for the bag ban. #VICbagban #retail #shopping #plasticbagban #plasticbags #melbourne #victoria #national_retail_association #businessvictoria
Instagram post 2165796223709902067_12001324032 The signs are up @southmelbornemarketdimsims
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2165748118792835872_12001324032 You can't miss the signs @densqualitymeats

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2165736963403740363_12001324032 Lo @confectionersfavourite is behind the bag ban!
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2165725470809486861_12001324032 The signs are up at Peter's Pizza & Takeaway @prestonmarketau 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2165084802617519420_12001324032 @bonbons_bakery at Waverley Gardens are letting their customers know about the lightweight bag ban and offering paper bags ♻️
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2164288720480295559_12001324032 Marketplace Fresh Fruit & Veg are informing their customers ahead of Nov 1 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2161420918497131279_12001324032 The $2 Superstore are keeping their customers informed!

#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2161407421646353062_12001324032 ❤️ seeing our posters in the wild 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2161397146054533886_12001324032 Party Express are spreading the BagBan message 👏👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2161394524018836527_12001324032 Popped into Lo Costa @caseycentralshoppingcentre this morning - they have their poster on display, do you? 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2161361193168501901_12001324032 The Butchers Club have made the move to reusable cooler bags - thanks Koby
👍👍👏👏👏
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2160012572019829909_12001324032 Jeremy @bonbons_bakery Craigieburn is ready 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2159919565299785336_12001324032 Vin @vhmbros  is letting customers know ahead of time about the lightweight bag ban 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2157111027196291313_12001324032 Central Bakery in Parkmore are letting their customers know ahead of time about the lightweight plastic bag ban 👍
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2157081480061198984_12001324032 Fish Pier Parkmore are letting their customers know about the upcoming bag ban 👌  good work guys! 
#reusablebags 
#VICbagban
#melbourne
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2157054765465253648_12001324032 Great initiative at Parkmore Shopping Centre- reusable bag library 👍
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Instagram post 2152012393194953411_12001324032 Thousands of Victorian retailers are now plastic bag free! 
Is your business ready for 1 Nov?
www.vicbagban.com.au
Instagram post 2151238950912399886_12001324032 👍 Don't forget your reusable bag @vicmarket #reusablebags 
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Instagram post 2151223475666954558_12001324032 Awesome work Queen Victoria Market
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#melbourne
#retail
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Instagram post 2136090974158322603_12001324032 Spreading the BagBan message in Malvern 👍
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