Victoria has become one of the last state and territories to enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags.

From Friday, retailers and individuals will be subject to fines of up to $49,500 for providing the bags, leaving NSW as the only state yet to outlaw the environmental hazards.

In June the Victorian government passed a law to prohibit plastic bags and granted several months for preparation.

“Victorians use more than a billion of these bags each and every year. More than 10 million of these end up as litter in our environment,” Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said previously.

In the past, Australians have used up to 10 million plastic bags every day. Only three per cent of Australia’s plastic bags are currently being recycled.

“When the ban comes into effect, carrying a reusable bag will be second nature to us, like picking up your wallet, keys and phone before leaving the house,” Sustainability Victoria boss Carl Muller said.

AAP

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