South Australian Plastic Bag Ban a Success!
Author: Anne-Marie Byrne
Six months into South Australia's historic ban on plastic bags, an estimated 200 million checkout style bags have so far been stopped from entering landfill.
As pioneers of the Plastic Bag Reduction Campaign in Australia, Planet Ark applauds the South Australian Government for their leadership in curbing plastic bag usage and litter, and encouraging reusable bags.
South Australian Premier Mike Rann said shoppers had been quick to embrace the change introduced this May. Environment Minister, Jay Weatherill stated that the shoppers surveyed overwhelmingly support the ban and believe it is having an effect - particularly on litter, landfill and saving resources.
The Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at UniSA spoke to shoppers before and after the ban taking effect and found that since the ban:
- more than nine in 10 shoppers are taking reusable bags to the supermarket.
- 82 per cent believe the ban is having an impact, especially on landfill and litter
- more than half give the ban a 10 out of 10, with the average support level 8.4 out of 10
- more than three quarters of shoppers believe the ban shows SA is a leader on
To view the executive summary of research conducted in June 2009 into the Plastic Bag Ban in South Australia, conducted by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at the University of South Australia, in partnership with Zero Waste SA, click here