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Single-use plastic products ban

The products

Following public consultation, these single-use plastic products are being considered to be banned from sale or supply in Queensland:

  • straws
  • cutlery
  • plates
  • stirrers (for example, hot and cold drinks).

Straws or cutlery that form part of a product, for example straws that come with poppers/juice boxes or plastic spoons that come packaged with tuna cans, are excluded from this list.

The proposed ban is part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic pollution .

Special considerations

It is recognised that some people, such as those with disability or healthcare needs, may be significantly affected by the proposed ban. Special considerations are being developed for these groups based on feedback obtained through direct and public consultation. Consultation with these groups will continue throughout the process.

Available alternatives

The products being considered for banning have readily available alternatives, and in many cases could be avoided. For example:

  • single-use plastic straws (not always required) – paper straws and reusable straws made from bamboo, stainless steel and silicone
  • single-use plastic cutlery – reusable cutlery made from stainless steel, heavy-weight plastic and bamboo
  • single-use plastic plates – paper and reusable plastic plates and crockery
  • single-use plastic drink stirrers (not always required) – wooden paddle/pop sticks, stainless steel teaspoons.

Consultation

Feedback on the Single-Use Plastic Items Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)  (PDF, 1.1 MB) is being considered, along with feedback provided via a general survey on single-use plastics.

When would products be banned?

The single-use plastic products ban would not occur immediately. A start date of 1 July 2021 is proposed, however, a final decision would be made following a review of the feedback received on the RIS and direct consultation with business, industry and others impacted by the ban.

Legislation would then be amended to allow for selected single-use plastic products to be banned. An implementation plan and timeframes would also be developed in consultation with stakeholders. This would include a plan to communicate the products ban to Queenslanders.

What’s next?

Other single-use plastic products may be considered in a second phase of banning, including:

  • coffee and other plastic cups
  • heavyweight ‘boutique style’ plastic shopping bags
  • some polystyrene packaging and takeaway food and drink containers
  • plastic balloon sticks.

Check out some of the other key actions the Queensland Government is undertaking to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle more waste in Queensland .