Single-Use Plastics Ban - New South Wales

Description

Lightweight single-use plastic bags were banned from 1 June, and from 1 November, the NSW Government is banning further items, including:

  • plastic single-use cutlery (including plastic chopsticks and sporks)
  • plastic single-use straws
  • plastic single-use stirrers
  • plastic single-use plates
  • plastic single-use bowls (excluding bowls with a spill-proof lid whether separate or attached, for example those used for a take-away soup)
  • expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service items
  • plastic cotton buds
  • plastic microbeads in certain rinse off personal care products.

Until 1 January 2025, the bans do not apply to integrated packaging, being plastic items that are, by way of a machine-automated process:

  • an integrated part of packaging material used to seal or contain food or beverages, including pre-packaged portions of food or beverages, or
  • included within or attached to packaging material used to seal or contain food or beverages, including pre-packaged portions of food or beverages.

Examples include a spoon sealed within the packaging of a yoghurt cup by a machine-automated process, or a sealed EPS cup containing dry noodles with soup powder by a machine-automated process.

Some exemptions may apply for the use of certain single-use plastic products.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

NSW Environment Protection Authority

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