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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Plastic check-out bag use in non-supermarket retail outlets

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation for the
Department of the Environment and Heritage, March 2005

The survey – Key results: 5

If plastic bag distributors are found to be recalcitrant in taking up the distribution of plastic bag alternatives, we will try and identify possible solutions to this problem.


All the distributors surveyed for this report stock plastic bag alternatives and are not recalcitrant in this aspect at all. We found that the minimum order that distributors require for plastic bag alternatives is also well within the reach of even the smallest retailers.

It is also clear from our survey that what distributors stock and sell is purely driven by price and demand from their retailers. It follows that more outside pressure to push demand was the only help distributors stated they needed to increase sales of plastic bag alternatives.

If there were a greater demand from retailers, distributors would be happy to supply them with any plastic bag alternative they require, as their business would depend on it.

Here are some of their comments below: