Australia to tackle plastic problem

Australia supermarkets to tackle plastic bags

South Australia, ACT, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have already implemented state-wide bans, and Queensland plans to do so next year.

Woolworths yesterday announced its decision to phase out the bags, by June 30 next year.

Instead it would offer more durable, re-usable plastic bags at a cost of 15 cents, as well as multi-use hessian bags.

Studies have shown however that some types of reusable bag are not environmentally friendly in comparison unless they have been used 50, or even 100 times.