The single-use plastic bag ban will come into place as early as the end of this month for some supermarkets. Are you prepared for the change? We share info on the impact of the ban, the alternatives available, and some tips to help you adjust.
Plastic bag impact
Australians use 5 billion plastic bags per year – that’s 13 million every day.
Plastic pollution makes up a massive part of our landfill. Plastic bags are especially dangerous, as they’re slippery and get caught in many places and can take up to 1,000 years to degrade! They:
- cause toxins to leak into our water supply
- block dams and drainage systems
- pose a high risk to endangered animals who consume or choke on the bags
- contribute to large plastic debris in the ocean
Studies show that over 90% of randomly selected WA citizens are concerned about the effects of plastic bin bag use, and 84% are happy to support the ban. But over half of us find it hard to cope without them. What are the reasons for this?
Results found that alongside carrying your groceries, they’re also used for lining household bins, storage, and as disposal bags for cleaning up after your pet.
If you rely on plastic bags for your household, then we’ve got some handy alternatives and advice. Some of these may involve an initial investment, but will do wonders for your garden, your conscience, and even your wallet down the track!
Buy alternative bags
Supermarkets will still sell thicker, plastic bags, but we recommend investing in green biodegradable bags that can be purchased in store. Other tote bags in a wide range of sizes and styles can be found in other retail stores.
Make or reuse your own
If you don’t want to buy one, think about ways to reuse old clothes, bags, or patchwork quilts to make your own! Or take a look at your closet and reuse an old backpack or duffel bag.
Keep it on hand
Store a bag in your bedroom, kitchen, or in front of your front door so you don’t forget. Keep a number of different sized bags in your car for shopping trips.
Start a compost bin
Reduce your landfill significantly by sectioning off a part of your garden with a lid for all food scraps, cardboard, and paper.
Ditch the lining
Avoid using bin liners altogether by putting rubbish straight in your large household bins. You can rinse out containers, wrap anything messy in newspaper, or add it to compost. You need only rinse out your large bins every week or so.
Our Balcatta Recycling Shop is dedicated to closing the loop on waste. We recycle a wide number of items and accept donations of secondhand goods. Come visit us today or contact us here or on (08) 9445 6590!