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Western Australia just announced a ban on plastic bags, taking a step towards reducting plastic pollution in the region. The state-wide ban plus the introduction of a container deposit scheme that aims to reduce plastic drink containers in the state will go into effect next year, starting July 1, 2018.

The new legislation was announced on September 12, 2017, by Premier Mark McGowan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. According to McGowan, the ban has been in preparation for a decade and was worked on by the retail industry and community. He has also pointed out that the area is following the lead of other states that have already introduced similar bans. “We want to make sure that marine life, our wildlife, our very special environment is protected,” McGowan said.

Major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths, and IGA have already stated they will stop providing customers with free plastic bags at the checkouts.

Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste end up in our planet’s oceans. 91 percent of all plastic we produce is not getting recycled once it is discarded. Instead, it is left to pollute the environment and pose a major threat to countless species of animals.

If you want to learn how to minimize your own plastic waste footprint, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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