Resources for retailers

A range of resources have been developed to help retailers with the phase out of lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags. Use these resources as part of your own staff and customer communications to explain the change.

Retailer information kit
An information kit has been sent to all South Australian retailers to help retailers and their customers to adjust to the change. If you need more copies of the kit please call the Plastic Bag Ban Hotline on 1300 137 118.
All files are PDF. You may need to download the free Adobe PDF reader, available here.

Information brochure
On one side of this leaflet retailers will find the information required to ensure they are well-prepared for 1 January 2009. On the reverse is a poster. A tear-off prompt card is also included within the leaflet.

Information Brochure

Prompt card
Keep this card handy for staff reference.

 Prompt Card

Place this poster on your shop window or entrance door to prompt your customers to remember to bring their reusable bags.

 BYO Bags Poster

Counter card
This two-sided counter-top card is aimed at shoppers who require further information concerning the ban.


 Counter Card

Cash register notice
Retailers are required to display this mandatory notice on their cash register. It can be removed from 4 May 2009.


 Mandatory Sign
Door Hanger Reminder
Handy reminder that shoppers can hang on a door handle.
Door Hanger

Cash register notice – electronic message option
For retailers who wish to use the electronic message option the mandatory wording is:

The South Australian Government is banning the supply of lightweight, checkout-style plastic shopping bags from 4 May 2009. Alternative shopping bags are available from this retail outlet.


Retailers are encouraged to use these images in their own training and marketing materials to help their staff and customers adjust to the change.
All images are zipped, jpeg files.

Banned Bags Banned Bags
Compostable bags (AS 4736-2006) Biodegradable Bags
Barrier bags Fruit and Veg Bags
Paper bags Brown Paper Bags
Heavier retail or boutique bags Department Store Bags
Sturdier bags designed for multiple use Green Reusable Bags