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Banning expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups

Plastic pollution is a growing problem and when it ends up in the wrong place, it can negatively impact the health of our communities, our environment, and wildlife.

As part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic waste, the Queensland Government proposed banning the supply of problematic, single-use plastic products, starting with straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers.

Feedback from nearly 20,000 Queenslanders and businesses showed overwhelming support of the proposal to ban these products—taking into account the needs of people with disability or healthcare needs.

We then looked at adding single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers and cups to the proposed list of products to ban.

These products are the ‘foam’ containers, sometimes referred to as ‘clam shells’ that may be supplied with hot food takeaways, and the cups sometimes provided for takeaway tea and coffee.

Consultation on expanded polystyrene has closed, but you can find out more about our waste reduction initiatives.