Critical dates for retailers  


Stop buying lightweight, checkout style plastic bags.

  • Order alternatives - see the list of suppliers.
  • Follow the lead of many South Australian retailers and stop using plastic bags now.
  • Brief your staff on what the new law will mean to them.
  • Develop standard procedures for offering alternative bags, handling heavy bags or politely declining dirty bags.
  • Train staff to handle customer complaints or queries.

1 January 2009

Only four months left to phase-out stocks of lightweight plastic bags.

  • Help your customers by offering alternatives.
  • Display notices about the bag ban.
  • Use a poster to remind customers.
  • Support your staff during the phase out.
  • Thank your customers and your staff for making the change.

4 May 2009

The bag ban is enforced.

  • The fines will apply if you either sell or give away the banned plastic bags.
  • Cash register notice can be removed.