A Bill to create an Act to restrict the supply of single-use shopping bags has been introduced in the Western Australia (WA) Parliament. A Private Members Bill, it was introduced by Honorable Dr. Sally Talbot.
Bill Number 123, it is titled Plastic Shopping Bags (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2010. The bill was introduced on April 1st. The first and second reading also occurred that day. The Bill is now adjourned and waiting to be brought on for debate. In the Legislative Council, after the Second Reading, adjournment is usually a minimum of one week.
Dr. Talbot estimates that over 400 million plastic bags are used in Western Australia every year. The recycle rate is very low at around three percent. The Plastic Shopping Bags (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2010 would create a complete ban on all plastic shopping bags.
South Australia implemented a plastic bag ban last year. See Related