Plastic bag ban countdown

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Yanchep and Butler shoppers only have a few weeks to prepare for the plastic bag ban but longer for when some stores will not stock plastic straws.

SOME shops in Yanchep and Butler will stop selling plastic straws by the end of the year as people are being encouraged to beat plastic pollution.

This week Environment Minister Stephen Dawson reconfirmed the state government’s commitment to banning single-use plastic bags, starting the countdown to July 1.

“The ban on lightweight plastic bags is just one of a number of strategic waste reforms showing this government’s commitment to reducing waste, which includes a commitment to a container deposit scheme,’’ he said.

Western Australians can also take part in the Plastic Free July movement, which started in Perth seven years ago.

Mr Dawson said in WA alone, 11 per cent of the state’s population took the Plastic Free July challenge last year – saving 10,400 tonnes of plastic household waste from landfill.

As well as committing to not stocking plastic straws Woolworths Butler and Woolworths Yanchep are introducing a new reusable bag and the removal of more plastic packaging.

On the eve of a World Environment Day at an industry sustainability event Woolworths Group chief executive officer Brad Banducci said with the removal of single-use plastic shopping bags from Wednesday, June 20, Woolworths Butler and Woolworths Yanchep customers will be able to buy the new reusable bags.