Western Australian retailers are preparing their businesses for the state-wide plastics band which will take place from 1 July.

The ban will apply to all plastic shopping bags with handles of any thickness, including paper bags with plastic laminate, and will also apply to disposable plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, unlidded bowls and unlidded food containers, including those with plastic coating.

Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association, said the association had engaged with over 10,000 businesses across the state to help businesses understand and comply with the upcoming changes.

“The new laws involve significant change for many businesses, and the Government recognised they needed specialised, intensive engagement to manage impacts on their business.

“We find small and medium businesses appreciate the personalised support and resources, as they are busy running their business, serving customers and supporting their staff especially after the tough few years retail has faced.”

Lamb asked customers to be patient while businesses transitioned and that shoppers need to be aware that when grabbing groceries, a takeaway meal, or the latest fashion, that some items will no longer be available.

“This is the first time some of these items are being banned in Australia, and businesses need time and support to trial alternatives.

“The government has confirmed that they will pursue an education-first approach to compliance and enforcement action and we welcome that. In our experience, most business owners want to do the right thing.”

Businesses that have not yet prepared themselves for the new rules can visit  www.plasticsbanwa.com.au or call the free hotline on 1800 817 723 for additional information.

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