Ban on plastic bags - Queensland


All retailers are no longer permitted to supply shoppers, in-store or online, with single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns, for free or at a charge. This includes compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic shopping bags.

From 1 September 2023, shopping bags made from plastic film will need to meet two additional requirements to be supplied in QLD:

  1. be made from a minimum of 80% recycled content verified by a recognised program or certification
  2. be durable and big enough to carry 10 kilograms for at least 125 uses verified by a recognised reusability, durability or endurance test.

Supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, chemists, restaurants and clothes stores, as well as market-stall holders and organisations which supply plastic shopping bags, are included in the ban.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Environmental Services and Regulation

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