From Thursday the 8th of January South Australians will have to bring in their own reusable bags for shopping. The topic of banning plastic bags has been kicking around for a number of years with politician Peter Garrett making noises about banning plastic bags while in opposition. Now for those living in SA it is now a reality.
So what has SA got on the rest of the country? Why are they ahead of the other states in taking such a positive step in changing consumer behaviour? You probably only have to look at the next time you empty a bottle of beer or any other beverage and see the label on the back “10c Refund and any Depot when sold in SA”. I have no idea how long this program has been going, but that label on the back which was previous 5c has been there as long as I can remember.
So why don’t other states follow suit with refunds for bottles and bans on plastic bags? What’s holding them back.? I would be interested to hear your views and thoughts.