2002 Coles Bay bans plastic shopping bags

Coles Bay Tasmania. Image: Creative Commons - Tirin aka Takver

Coles Bay has a permanent population of around 200, and is located on the edge of the Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. To provide a safer environment for the area’s wildlife and marine life, the town became the first in Australia to ban non-biodegradable plastic shopping  bags at checkouts. By 2019, most Australian states had banned single-use shopping bags.

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