SHOPPERS should remember to take their own bags to the supermarket when the ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags takes effect in two weeks' time, on November 1.
Environment Minister Brian Wightman yesterday announced 10,000 reusable shopping bags would be given to clients of the state's 12 child and family centres, and 30 charities and support services.
Mr Wightman said the giveaway was part of an education program to inform the public about the ban.
``We want to make sure we remove plastic bags from the environment,'' Mr Wightman said.
``A lot of people are already using reusable bags, and we'll be handing out 10,000 bags to try and change shopper behaviour.''
Mr Wightman urged the public to be patient with retail staff during the transition phase.
Tasmanian Independent Retailers group operations manager Glenn Rainsford said they had been notifying retailers about the ban for the past 12 months, and they expected a generally positive response from the public.
``I think that whether people agree with the ban or not, they are generally environmentally concerned,'' Mr Rainsford said.
``There's going to be some people who will find it difficult, because not everyone is on the same page, but I think it will go through OK.''
The ban will not apply to heavier reusable ``boutique'' style bags, biodegradable plastic bags, reusable ``green'' bags and thin-film plastic bags.