About the ban

The supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups is banned in Queensland. The ban came into effect on 1 September 2021.

The ban is part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic pollution and follows strong support from the community, retailers and industry organisations.

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.


Who to contact

The National Retail Association has been engaged to work with businesses to ensure they understand the ban and what they must do to comply, as well as options to manage excess stock.

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

In addition, Boomerang Alliance has been engaged to undertake awareness raising with not-for-profit organisations and is holding information sessions across the state. Find out more including the dates and locations on the Boomerang Alliance website.

*Due to COVID restrictions some of the scheduled information sessions have been postponed. It is important to check the website for updates.

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