About the ban

On 16 November 2021, the NSW Government passed the Plastic Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021. This legislation delivers on the government’s commitment to ban certain problematic plastics, such as single-use plastics and address the problem of plastic waste.

Input from over 16,000 people helped develop this legislation and the related NSW Plastics Action Plan. Support for action on plastic waste was widespread with 98% supporting a phase out of single-use plastics.

This legislation provides a comprehensive framework that will help transition NSW towards a circular economy where materials and resources are valued and kept in the productive economy while creating jobs and protecting the environment and the community.

Are you ready for the plastics ban?

The NSW Government has legislated the removal of certain single use plastics from 1st June to address the problem of plastic waste that affects the health of our environment and community. Fines can be up to $55,000 for organsations for non-compliance. Don’t get caught!

Join the Better Business Partnership Program Manager, Ali Devlin and our expert guest speaker, Ebony Johnson from the National Retail Association, to understand what the ban means for your business or organisation. Get prepared now with information on which plastic items are banned and the alternative options available for you.

WHICH PLASTICS ARE ABOUT TO GET BANNED? AND WHEN?

FROM JUNE 1

Banned Items

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Lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles of 35 microns or less

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Compostable plastic shopping bags with handles

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Biodegradable/degradable plastic shopping bags with handles

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Bioplastic plastic shopping bags with handles

Permitted Items

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Plastic shopping bags with handles made of plastic heavier than 35 microns

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Other lightweight bags without handles (eg shopping produce bags, bin liners, pet poo bags)

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Paper bags

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Reusable bags made of Fabric

FROM NOVEMBER 1

Banned Items

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Plastic Straws (Note plastic straws are still permissible for medical and disability exemptions)

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Plastic forks, spoons, knives and coffee stirrers

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Polystyrene drinking cups

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Polystyrene clam shell containers

Permitted Items

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Paper, cardboard, bamboo straws. Stainless steel straws.

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Reusable cutlery; wooden or bamboo cutlery, paddle pop sticks, wooden chopsticks

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All other disposable cups and lids are still permissible

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Bagasse, cardboard or paper boxes or containers and take away plastic boxes with lids