Plastic bag ban

The Victorian Goverment will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. The ban applies to all retailers and will apply to all lightweight shopping bags with a thickness below 36 microns. This includes degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags available at the checkout of retail stores.

The ban does not apply to:

  • essential product packaging
  • produce bags for unpackaged foodstuffs
  • garbage bags and bin liners
  • dog waste and nappy bags
  • paper or cardboard bags
  • hessian or jute bags
  • chiller bags
  • non-woven bags
  • heavyweight boutique plastic bags.

The National Retail Association has partnered with the Victorian Government to assist retailers throughout the transition. Traders can visit vicbagban for more information on the plastic bag ban in Victoria and what this means for your business. 

This ban is just the first step in the Government’s broader agenda to reduce single-use, unnecessary and problematic plastics.

Plastic bags

Plastic bags are one of the most littered items in Moreland. Avoid plastic bags by using your own shopping bags. You can purchase reusable bags at supermarkets and other stores.

Take plastic bags and other soft plastics to a Redcycle collection bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket for recycling.

Council does not accept flexible soft plastic, such as plastic bags, in Council's kerbside recycling collection.

Do not place your recyclables inside plastic bags in your recycling bin as the materials inside the bag cannot be recovered and will be sent to landfill.

Plastic cards

Plastic gift cards and store loyalty cards can be recycled by posting them to:

Gram Destruction
Factory 4/46 Allied Drive
Tullamarine  VIC  3043

Visit Gram Destruction for more information on other products accepted for recycling.

Plastic bottles and containers

Council accepts all rigid plastic containers in Council's kerbside recycling bin. See recycling collection for more information on recycling plastics.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?