Plastic bag-free CBD

The City of Melbourne is supporting the business community with preparing for the introduction of the state-wide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the ban, which comes into effect on November 1, highlighted the crucial role businesses could play in reducing waste.

“Our waste team regularly meets with businesses to help them reduce waste, learn more about recycling and help protect our environment from plastic pollution,” the Acting Lord Mayor said.

“We’re proud that Queen Victoria Market went plastic bag and straw free in May this year.”

“The ban has received overwhelming support with 80 per cent of customers and more than 70 per cent of traders we surveyed supportive of the ban.”

Chair of the council’s small business, retail and hospitality portfolio Cr Susan Riley said councillors endorsed a motion in August 2017 committing to formally advocate for a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bans.

“It’s particularly important that businesses with plastic bags left over don’t send them to landfill,” Cr Riley said.

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