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In August this year, major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles implemented single-use plastic bag bans across their stores. Reactions from environmental groups were positive, while public complaints led to Coles temporarily scrapping the fifteen cent charge for its heavy duty reusable plastic bags.

Three months on from the ban, the National retail Association has announced an eighty percent reduction in single-use plastic bag consumption across Australia.

We spoke to researchers about the efficacy of bans, and whether New South Wales, the last state not to have a bag ban in place or in progress, will follow suit.


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