Which stores are banning plastic bags in 2018

Posted: 19 June 2018 11:34 am

Woolworths’ plastic bag ban comes into effect 20 June 2018. But which other stores will be banning single use plastic bags and when?

The debate around single-use plastic bags has been argued in Australia for about a decade. In 2009, South Australia made the decision to implement a state-wide ban on single use plastic. While other states and territories have followed in the footsteps of South Australia, there are still many shoppers and stores opposed to the plastic bag ban.

Although Australia is far from a plastic bag free future, several big stores and several new states will implement a plastic bag ban this year. Read on to see what is changing and when plastic bags will be banned in your area.


Shoppers in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia will wave goodbye to single-use bags on 20 June 2018.


No more free, single-use plastic bags for residents in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Since BWS is owned by Woolworths, this also takes effect on 20 June 2018.

Big W

Another member of the Woolworths clan, Big W will see plastic bags disappear from checkouts on 20 June 2018.


Coles’ single use plastic bag ban will come into effect on 1 July 2018.


As of 1 July 2018, Liquorland will no longer have single-use plastic bags.

First Choice Liquor

Another store keeping to the 1 July deadline, First Choice Liquor will eliminate plastic bags in line with parent store, Coles.

Every store in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia

From 1 July 2018, all stores in these three states will no longer be able to offer disposable, lightweight plastic bags, even the biodegradable kind. Heavy duty plastic bags that are designed to be reused are still allowed, but will come at a cost.

Other things you need to know about the looming plastic bag ban in Australia

The East and West are just catching up to the rest of Australia

The reason that this new ban only applies to certain states is because the plastic bag ban already exists in the other states and territories. Northern Territory, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania have actually had this ban for ages. South Australia was first in 2009, then Northern Territory and the ACT in 2011 and Tasmania in 2013.

NSW is not subject to the total ban

Although New South Wales shoppers will be unable to access single use plastic bags at the listed stores, it is currently the only state or territory in Australia that will not see a state-wide ban on all single-use plastic.

Woolworths delivery charges will change

If you like to get your groceries delivered, you now have to pay the $1.00 per reusable bag. Or you can opt to pay $3.50 for the “crate to bench” service and have someone unpack your groceries directly out of the crate with no bags used at all.

Plastic bags are still available but at a cost

If you don’t want to buy the heavy duty green bags, a slightly thicker and more durable plastic bag is available at the checkout of Woolworths and Coles for 15c each. Also, these may look like single-use plastic bags, but they have actually been crafted to be a lot more hardy and can be reused many times.

Single use plastic straws are next

According to a report, both Woolworths and Coles are committed to phasing out plastic straws from their shelves. And Woolworths will reportedly do this by the end of 2018.

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