In November 2011, the ACT followed the legislative precedent set by the South Australian government in implementing a ban on plastic singlet bags. Providing bags thinner than 35 Microns became illegal. What was the result of this ban? The message from Cole’s head of communications, Mr. Jon Church was not a surprise.

”Wherever plastic bag bans have been introduced, we see an increase in sales of bin liners as customers no longer have single-use carrier bags available which many households use for disposing of their waste. It is well reported that following the South Australian ban, sales of bin liners across all retailers doubled,” Mr Church said. ”Sales of kitchen bin liners in the ACT increased by 29 per cent following the carrier bag ban.”

This mirrors experiences of similar ban throughout the world. Sales of Bin Liners skyrocket! What else is one meant to use as a kitchen garbage bag at home?

Not surprisingly, some policitician can identify the added burden and cost to families.

Liberal MLA Alistair Coe said the figures called the Government’s reasons for the ban into question.

”It goes to show that the plastic bag ban is putting an extra cost on the weekly bills of Canberra families, but in addition to that, it shows that the consumption of plastic bags is perhaps remaining steady,” he said.

I wonder what they would think if they read the UK’s 2011 Environment Agency report which concluded that HDPE Singlet bags “had the lowest environmental impacts of the single use options in nine out of ten catagories”.