Western Australia's Plan for Plastics Stage 1 and 2 - Western Australia


The regulations prohibit the supply of a range of plastic items (including biodegradable plastic) in two stages.

Plastic items prohibited in stage 1 include:

  • plates
  • unlidded bowls
  • cutlery
  • drink stirrers
  • drinking straws
  • unlidded cups for cold beverages
  • thick plastic shopping bags
  • expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers
  • helium balloon releases
  • unlidded takeaway food containers.

Plastic items prohibited under stage 2 include:

  • loose and moulded expanded polystyrene packaging
  • degradable plastics (plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions)
  • produce bags
  • expanded polystyrene cups and food trays for raw meat and seafood
  • coffee cups and lids
  • lids for cups, bowls, trays, plates and takeaway food containers
  • trays for takeaway food not covered in the Stage 1 ban
  • cotton buds with plastic stems
  • microbeads.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Act(s) name

Environmental Protection Act 1986 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Environmental Protection (Prohibited Plastics and Balloons) Regulations 2018 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Environmental Protection Authority

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