Have your say on expanded polystyrene (EPS)

Expanded polystyrene or ‘foam’ containers

As part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic waste, the Queensland Government is proposing to ban problematic, single-use plastic products.

In 2020, nearly 20,000 Queenslanders and businesses had their say on the proposal to ban single-use plastic straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers, which received overwhelming support.

There was also strong support for banning other single-use plastic products like expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers and cups.

These products are the ‘foam’ containers, sometimes referred to as ‘clam shells’ that takeaway food such as fish and chips or burgers are served in, and the cups sometimes used for takeaway tea and coffee.

Further consultation was also recently conducted to find out what Queenslanders and businesses thought about including single-use EPS takeaway food containers and cups, in the proposed ban—in addition to straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers.

This consultation has now closed.