The State Government will not stand in the way of the City of Fremantle after it last night became the first council in Australia to outlaw non-degradable, lightweight plastic bags at its supermarkets, markets, retail stores and fast-food outlets.
The council voted in favour of a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags within the city and to force retailers to charge a minimum fee of 10ï¿½ for alternative shopping bags.
Under the law, an alternative bag is defined as a biodegradable bag or reusable plastic bag with a thickness of more than 60 microns.
Retailers who continue to provide single-use bags or do not charge for alternative bags will face a maximum fine of $5000.
If the offence continues, they will face an additional penalty of $500 each day.
For minor offences, the city can issue a $150 infringement instead.Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the new rule would be phased in over six months. The changes will be explained to retailers before the law is enforced.