Assisting you to transition to the WA plastic bag ban, reduce single use plastics and #choose2reuse

What's your bag plan

WA Plastic Bag Ban

The WA bag ban commenced on 1 July 2018. From 1 January 2019 it is illegal for any retailer in Western Australia to provide lightweight plastic shopping bags.

What’s your bag plan? Are you a bagger, a boxer, a juggler or somewhere in between? 

Single-use plastic bags are not biodegradable and often end up littering streets and polluting natural environments and waterways. In fact, around five million bags are littered each year in WA resulting in devastating impacts on wildlife and birds.

The City of Canning is on board—we hope you are too. 

For more information and FAQ's on the State’s bag ban, please visit The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Supporting you to Choose2Reuse

The City of Canning wants to make the change as easy as possible for Canning to ensure the best outcome for our local community and diverse natural environment. With your help we can make the transition easier for our community.

What can you do?

1. As an individual

    • Be educated: Arm yourself with the facts on the WA plastic bag ban by heading over to The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation;
    • Be prepared: Bring your own reusable bag when shopping and choose to reuse or get one from your local community group* or Council facility*;
    • Find alternatives: Don't know what to replace your bin liner with? Learn about the naked bin, direct wrap or newspaper bin liner method from Switch Your Thinking here;
    • Be a leader: It is easier to adopt a new behaviour when you see people around you doing it too!
    • Keep learning: The City hosts a number of sustainable living workshops and courses including a focus on waste and how to transition to a low waste lifestyle. For details on our upcoming events and workshops, visit our Events Calendar.

    *Reusable bags are only available from some community groups and Council facilities - please see below for more information.

    2. As a community groupReusable Bag

    In June and July the City will be giving away conveniently sized reusable bags made from recycled bottles. The bags are foldable, so they can be easily kept in your car or bag along with reminder tags so you don't get caught at the checkout without a bag.

    Local community groups have been invited to register for these bags and reminder tags to distribute among their customers and members. We were overwhelmed by requests after just one week (awesome - go Canning!) and can no longer accept requests. 

    We will be giving out 4,000 bags to over 40 local community clubs, groups and organisations. This includes multiple sporting clubs, the Canning Arts Group, Station Street Men’s Shed and William Langford Community House Inc., who have all pledged to spread the Choose 2 Reuse message throughout their members, customers and the community. We'd like to say a big thank you to these groups for leading the change in our community! All groups have now been contacted regarding pickup of the bags once they become available.

    *These giveaways will also be available at council facilities including libraries, the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) and the Administration Building. Products are expected to be available from June, allowing plenty of time to change your shopping bag habits before the ban comes into effect.

    3. As a local retailer / business

    To assist retailers to transition to the ban and find alternatives for customers, the state government has partnered with National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a retailer-focused education campaign. For more information and available resources visit the WA Bag Ban Retailer Engagement Program.

    The City supports a range of initiatives to assist the community to reduce plastic and waste including:

    • The Responsible Cafes campaign encourages cafes to offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups. As a Switch your Thinking member Council, cafes are eligible to receive a batch of Switch Your Thinking KeepCups to distribute to their customers.
    • Plastic Free July is a month long campaign that challenges you to refuse single use plastic.

    Form more information on the City's other sustainability initiatives and incentives visit Sustainability and for more information on the City's waste services visit Waste.