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Single Use Plastic Bags To Be Handed Out Despite Government Ban

Bakers Delight has been granted an exemption from State Government laws that ban the use of lightweight bags from 1 November 2019.

Bakers Delight can continue to hand out lightweight plastic bags after an appeal to the Environmental Protection Authority.

The legislation was meant to ensure all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less would be banned.

The bakery still has 1.6 million 35 micron bags in stock, and therefore sought the exemption.

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Premier Daniel Andrews said his government would have a 'common-sense approach' to the bag ban provided businesses made a genuine attempt.

Bakers Delight Joint CEO Elise Gillespie told 3AW that legislation communication has been poor.

"I would say the communication has been what's missing," she said.

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Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman told 3AW that the independent contractor hired to inform businesses of the changes failed to do so.

"Of our members, very few of them were actually approached or talked to about it."

“It should be a federal regulation across every state and territory, not individual, so you don’t get this stupidity,” Zimmerman said.