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WA to ban plastic bags next year

WA to ban plastic bags next year”

"There's actually billions of them used each year".

To be more exact, lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Western Australia from July 1 next year.

"We are following on from the lead of other States who have already done it", he said.

"We'll talk to industry over the next few months about our scheme in Western Australia", he said.

"There is public support for it now so we wanted to give the community some confidence that we are bringing in a ban across the state".

"[We also won't be banning] barrier bags that you get your hams and your meats in", Dawson said.

Mr Dawson said the Government would not be supporting WA Greens' calls for balloons and plastic drinking straws to also be banned, saying he didn't want to make parents' lives more hard.

South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT have already moved to ban plastic bags - and now WA will follow suit.

"Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem because plastics remain in the environment, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces which contaminate soil and water, and affect the health of wildlife".

"Plastic can blow all over the place".



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