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A Guide to Australia’s Problematic Single Use Plastic Ban

Most state governments in Australia have planned to implement a single use plastic ban. This can get quite confusing at times, trying to figure out what is/isn’t banned and what replacements are acceptable. We have laid out all relevant information for each state, so we have taken all the guesswork out and you just have the facts. Let us help make the transition to plastic free packaging a smooth one!

State Governments across Australia have begun to introduce and implement their bills for banning problematic single use plastic. All states are different, the implementation dates vary and the products that are banned differ. These legislations will prohibit the sale, supply and distribution of problematic single use products.  There will also be exemptions to this ban, mainly within the healthcare and disability sectors, and some exemptions existing in the education sector also.

What makes packaging problematic?
According to APCO, problematic plastic packaging is currently difficult to collect or recover for reuse, recycling or composting. A material that hinders, disrupts or obstructs opportunities to recover other materials or resources. It makes a significant contribution to the plastic litter problem. They are made with PFAS or BPA, it contains or has contained hazardous chemicals or materials that pose a significant risk to human health or the environment. To read more about problematic plastic packaging, click here.

It’s important to be aware of what is happening in your state because many state governments are issuing fines for those companies who sell, supply or distribute any of the banned products (outside of those industries/businesses who are exempt).

The main reason for these legislations is to limit the effect single use plastic has on our environment and the amount of waste than ends up in landfill, causes pollution, litter and harms marine life.

Below is a list of the bans per state & the replacements we at FPA Envirochoice can offer you. If you click the image below, you can download the PDF version of the below information.

New South Wales

Proposed Ban

Proposed for 2022

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Lightweight plastic bags
  • Foam food/drink containers
  • Microbeads

Replacements

  • Paper straws
  • Wooden stirrers
  • Heavyboard PLA lined containers
  • Envirochoice & Capri paper bags
  • Supa flute range
  • Natural fibre plates/bowls/clams
  • Envirochoice hot cup range
  • Wooden cutlery

For more information from the New South Wales Government, click here.

Victoria

Proposed Ban

From Feb 1st 2022 (in Government Department) and Feb 1st 2023 (General Public)

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Foam food and drink containers
  • Cotton bud sticks
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic plates

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Supa Flute Range
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Range
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Capri Paper Plate
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Plate
  • Palm Leaf Plate

For more information from the Victorian Government, click here.

Queensland

Bans in Place

From 1st September 2021

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Foam takeaway containers
  • Foam cups
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic plates and bowls

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Supa Flute Range
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Capri Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Containers
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Capri Paper Plate
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Plates & Bowl
  • Palm leaf Plates & Bowls

For more information from the QLD Government, click here.

South Australia

Bans in Place

From 1st March 2021

  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Plastic straws
  • PLA equivalent also banned

Early 2022

  • Foam cups, bowls, plates and clamshells
  • All oxo-biodegradable plastic

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice Supa Flute
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Bowls & Plates & Clams
  • Palm leaf Bowls & Plates
  • Capri Paper Plates

For more information from the SA Government, click here.

Western Australia

Proposed Ban

Proposed December 31st 2021

  • Plastic Plates
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Stirrers
  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic Cups
  • Thick Plastic Bags
  • Polystyrene Takeaway Food Containers
  • Helium Balloon Releases

End of 2022

  • Barrier/Produce Bags
  • Microbeads
  • Polystyrene Packaging
  • Polystyrene Cups
  • Coffee Cups and Lids
  • Cotton Buds with Plastic Shafts 
  • Oxo-Degradable Plastics

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Supa Flute Range
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Envirochoice & Capri Paper Bags
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Plates & Bowls & Clams
  • Palm Leaf Plates & Bowls
  • Capri Paper Plates

For more information from the WA Government, click here.

Northern Territory

Bans in Place

1st Jan 2019 (Council land only)

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Plastic plates and bowls
  • Coffee cups
  • Smoothie cups
  • Takeaway containers

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice PLA Cups
  • Envirochoice Supa Flute Range
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Natural Fibre Plates & Bowls & Clams
  • Palm Leaf Plates & Bowls
  • Capri Paper Plates

For more information from the NT Government, please click here.

Tasmania

Bans in Place

 1st July 2021 (City of Hobart)

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic stirrers
  • Plastic plates and bowls
  • PE lined cups
  • Plastic lined cups except for compostable products
  • Foam takeaway food and beverage containers

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Paper Straws
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Envirochoice Supa flute Range
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Envirochoice Wooden Cutlery
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Plates & Bowls & Clams
  • Palm Leaf Plates & Bowls
  • Capri Paper Plates
  • Envirochoice PLA Cups

For more information from the TAS Government, click here.

Australian Capital Territory

Bans in Place

Proposed 1st July 2021

  • Plastic stirrers
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Foam food and beverage containers

Replacements

  • Envirochoice Supa Flute Clams
  • Envirochoice Heavyboard PLA Lined Containers
  • Capri Kraft Round Takeaway Bowl
  • Envirochoice Hot Cup Range
  • Capri Plastic Plates & Bowls
  • Capri Paper Plates
  • Envirochoice Natural Fibre Plates & Bowls & Clams
  • Capri PP Containers
  • Envirochoice Fresh View Containers
  • Capri Show Bowls
  • Capri Foil Containers
  • Capri Hot Cups
  • Capri Wooden Stirrers
  • Capri Wooden Cutlery

For more information from the ACT Government, click here.