Australian Beverages Council supports education program ahead of Queensland’s plastic bag ban

The Australian Beverages Council has announced its support for an education program between the National Retail Association and the Queensland Government ahead of the introduction of a ban on plastic bags.

The education program will support retailers across the Sunshine State by ensuring they understand their obligations under the new law.

From 1 July 2018, a plastic bag ban will come into effect for both in-store and online sales. Supermarkets, grocers, bakeries, chemists, restaurants, market stalls, clothing stores, and organisations which supply plastic bags are included in the ban.

Under the ban, retailers will not supply shoppers with single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns, for free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic shopping bags.

Retailers may choose to provide and charge for alternative bags, which can include reusable heavy-duty plastic bags, woven polypropylene ‘green’ bags, paper or other bags. Shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own bags or trolley.

The Australian Beverages Council supports initiatives to reduce waste, and reuse and recycle where possible.

Retailers who would like more information about the ban should visit qldbagban.com.au or call the National Retail Association on 1800 RETAIL.

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Australian Beverages Council

The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body representing the collective interests of the non-alcoholic beverages industry. We strive to advance the industry as a whole, as well as successfully represent the range of beverages produced by our members. These include carbonated regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, and ready-to-drink coffees.

The unified voice of the Australian Beverages Council offers our members a presence beyond individual representation in order to promote fairness in the standards, regulations, and policies concerning non-alcoholic beverages.

The Australian Beverages Council introduced a dedicated juice division, Fruit Juice Australia (FJA), in 2009 and a dedicated water division, the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI), in 2011. Through these, our organisation, and its relevance and impact continue to grow.

For further information or to arrange an interview:

Shae Courtney

Public Affairs Manager

Australian Beverages Council

T: 02 8313 7760

M: 0420 736 136

E: shae@ausbev.org

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