The ban on lightweight plastic bags is now in place across NSW with support and advice available to businesses, organisations and consumers.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said there has been extensive consultation with businesses for years, ahead of the ban being implemented this week.
“This is a great step towards protecting our environment, but it’s important businesses know they can get help and advice if they need it,” Mr Saunders said.
“We know there is widespread support among businesses for the plastics ban, and in turn, local businesses have been supported through monthly webinars and community sessions as well as ongoing support hotlines.”
A transition period has taken place over the past six months to give businesses the opportunity to use up old stock, make appropriate changes to adjust to the bans, and to ensure these measures are up and running smoothly.
Minister for Environment James Griffin said businesses were leading the way when it came to protecting the environment and reducing the amount of plastic ending up in landfill.
“I’m proud to see the ban on single-use plastic bags come into effect and the way businesses across the region have embraced the positive change that will ultimately mean less impact on the environment and reduced fees on waste,” Mr Griffin said.
“The NSW Government is working with the National Retail Association to deliver targeted education campaigns for retailers, suppliers and community organisations that will be impacted by the bans, to ensure that questions businesses might have are being answered.”
Businesses can call the National Retail Association’s free hotline (1800 844 946) for advice on the single-use plastic bans.
Resources are also available in multiple languages to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
For information on which plastics are no longer allowed, visit http://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-ban