Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Sustainable Business Sustainable Business

Bag Ban Deadline: 1 July 2018

The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets – that currently use light-weight plastic bags, including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable and degradable bags.

From April 2018, retailers should start to phase plastic bags out of their supply chain if they haven't already. Make the transition now to avoid penalties.


Council is committed to helping ensure the local business community is engaged and empowered about becoming environmentally sustainable.

Council encourages local businesses and those wishing to establish businesses to be mindful of the principles of sustainable business.

Council supports and abides by the Sustainability Policy developed by the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Plan, copies of which can be obtained by contacting:

Phone: +61 7 4044 3376

Council also supports the Reef Guardian Councils Program, an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.