WITH less than one month before Queensland's ban on plastic bags comes into effect, State Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen is reminding retailers and residents to get ready.
Ms Mullen held an information session last Tuesday evening in Springfield Lakes to discuss the bag ban.
In conjunction with environmental organisation Boomerang Alliance and local retailer, Terry Slaughter from IGA Springfield Lakes, the informative session allowed community members to ask questions on what the local community should expect from July 1.
Ms Mullen said the plastic bag ban applied to all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns in thickness, including compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastic shopping bags.
"Close to one billion single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags are used by Queenslanders each year,” Ms Mullen said.
"While the majority of these bags end up in landfill, around 16 million of these bags end up in the environment.
"The ban will help keep our state beautiful for generations to come and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our treasured environment and wildlife.”
Ms Mullen said the ban would apply to all retailers including market-stall holders and organisations which supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags, for in-store and online sales.
"Retailers are reminded that continuing to supply banned bags after 1 July could mean they face a fine of up to $6,300 per offence.
"A similar fine also applies to any person, such as a supplier, who provides misleading information about banned plastic shopping bags,” said Ms Mullen.
Households in the Jordan electorate will need to prepare for the ban by ensuring they have reusable bags with them when they visit the shops from July 1.
"Most householders are already likely to have alternative bags they can use such as reusable green bags or bags they use every day, like a backpack,” Ms Mullen said.
"Make sure you take them with you when you go shopping or to collect a takeaway, and keep them by the front door, in your car or in your bag.
"Regardless of which reusable shopping bags you use, to maximise the environmental benefit it's very important that you use them over and over again, and recycle them at their end-of-life, where possible.”