About the ban

The ban on the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, unenclosed bowls, and cutlery, and expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers and EPS cups started in Queensland on 1 September 2021.

Watch this video to learn more about the ban.

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We’re taking action to fight the growing problem of plastic waste and pollution.

From 1 September 2021 we’re banning single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates and bowls, cutlery and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups.

The ban applies to all Queensland not-for-profit organisations and businesses. Except those businesses which are exempt so they can continue to support people with disability or healthcare needs.

Take the time now to consider if you need to replace a banned item. There are plenty of alternative items that are made from paper, bamboo and other materials.

Or you could use compostable plastic products but make sure they comply with one of these Australian Standards AS 4736-2006 or AS5810-2010.

To find out more visit the website.

Authorised by the Queensland Government Brisbane.

Expanding the ban

Community, industry and business consultation has shown strong support to expand the ban of single-use plastics. As a result, we are planning to ban the following single-use plastic items from 1 September 2023:

  • cotton buds with plastic stems
  • expanded polystyrene loose packaging
  • plastic microbeads in rinseable personal care and cleaning products
  • heavy weight plastic shopping bags
  • the mass release of lighter than air balloons.

A proposed five-year roadmap has been prepared to show how the Queensland Government plans to continue to consult with suppliers, manufacturers and businesses on the inclusion of additional single-use plastic items in the ban, including single-use takeaway coffee cups and lids.

This will provide industry and businesses with an opportunity to provide feedback regarding supply chain challenges, sourcing suitable alternatives and timeframes, and preparing for future actions.


Who to contact

Visit the Queensland Plastics Ban website for more information or call the National Retail Association Hotline on 1800 844 946.

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