Meninga urges Qld to support bag ban

Queensland Rugby League great Mal Meninga has thrown his weight behind the state government's plastic bag ban.

The ban, which comes into force on July 1, will see plastic bags disappear from all retail outlets, with shoppers encouraged to bring their own bags, as part of a push to reduce plastic waste.

The former champion NRL player and Maroons State of Origin winning coach said reducing plastic pollution should be a priority for all Queenslanders.

"We cannot afford to stand by and let the damage caused by plastic shopping bags continue to happen," he said.

"I'm calling on everyone to pick up the ball and play their role in making Queensland's plastic bag ban a success."

Global plastic bag production has reportedly reached around 5 trillion bags every year, with the volume of accumulated plastic in the oceans forecast to become greater than that of fish by 2050.

Under the changes no retailer will be able to provide customers with single-use plastic bags, under penalty of a $6000 fine.

The National Retailers Association is urging shoppers to be aware of the changeover date of July 1, and is asking people to be patient with shops and their fellow shoppers in the early days of the transition.

Western Australia will also roll out a plastic bag ban on July 1, leaving NSW the only state or territory of Australia to not have any plan to ban single-use bags, with Victoria's bag ban pending.