Plastic bag event

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

The countdown to WA’s plastic bag ban is under way, with workshops organised in the Pilbara.

Retailers can no longer supply lightweight single-use plastic bags to customers as of July 1, prompting local MPs and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to hold work-shops.

Residents can attend a 6pm meeting at Wanangkura Stadium, South Hedland on March 1.

Local MP Kyle McGinn encouraged people to take advantage of the events.

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“I encourage you make the most of this opportunity to help prepare for the ban which starts on 1 July,” he said.

“Banning lightweight single-use plastic bags is a significant win for our environment.”

Retailers are being encouraged to stop ordering plastic bags and prepare staff to help customers who are unaware of or do not support the ban.

Kevin Michel MLA said people could ask questions at the events.

“The Government’s plastic bag ban is widely supported by the community and industry and now we have to make it work,” he said.

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