South Australia's Plastic Bag Ban

In 2009 South Australia lead the nation with a ban on lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags. The Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmanian and New South Wales Government governments are all introducing bans on these types of plastic bags. South Australian shoppers were quick to embrace the State’s plastic bag ban for the sake of the environment. Research undertaken by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at UniSA showed that more than nine in 10 shoppers took reusable bags to do their shopping, compared to about six in ten before the ban took effect. The Institute tracked community attitudes and behaviours towards the bag ban since October 2008. You can also view the resources developed to support the introduction of South Australia's ban at byobags.com.au.

Publications on South Australia's Plastic Bag Ban

Life cycle analysis of plastic bag alternatives (2009) Life cycle analysis of plastic bag alternatives (2009) (588 KB)

Life cycle analysis of shopping bag alternatives (2007) Life cycle analysis of shopping bag alternatives (2007) (457 KB)

Plastic Bag Ban Research Ehrenberg-Bass Institute (2009) Plastic Bag Ban Research Ehrenberg-Bass Institute (2009) (138 KB)

Plastic bag phase out market research project (2006) Plastic bag phase out market research project (2006) (308 KB)

Review of the Plastic Shopping Bags (Waste Avoidance) Act 2008 Review of the Plastic Shopping Bags (Waste Avoidance) Act 2008 (144 KB)

SDA Work practices - plastic bags study (2008) SDA Work practices - plastic bags study (2008) (621 KB)