Ban on single-use plastics - Queensland


Some single-use plastic items have already been phased out in QLD.

  • From 1 July 2018, lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles and a thickness under 35 microns, including those made from compostable or biodegradable plastic, were banned.
  • From 1 September 2021, single-use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, unenclosed bowls, plates, expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers and EPS cups were banned.
  • From 1 September 2023, plastic shopping bags which do not meet new requirements, EPS loose-fill packaging, cotton buds with plastic stems, plastic microbeads and release of a lighter-than-air balloon will be banned.

Only the following were exempt organisations and can continue to supply the items which were banned in 2021:

  • clinics or facilities that provide care to persons with a disability or healthcare needs
  • hospitals
  • dental clinics
  • medical clinics
  • pharmacies
  • aged care facilities
  • medical suppliers
  • manufacturers / distributors which supply to these organisations.

Some limited exemptions apply under the 2023 ban, please see each item for any applicable exemption.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

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