Several problematic single-use plastic items are included in the ban and will be phased out immediately from July 1, 2021. This includes but is not limited to: single-use plastic cutlery, sauce sachets, takeaway hot food containers and lids, straws, plastic lined noodle boxes, plastic lined coffee cups and lids, and sandwich wedges.
Legislation primarily addresses small food and beverage packaging, and only applies to single-use plastic containers with a volume less than one litre or an area equivalent to an A4 sheet of paper (210mm x 297mm). All packaging exceeding these dimensions is not impacted by the By-Law. Retailers are encouraged to replace banned single-use packaging with reusables where possible, or sustainable alternatives such as board-based or moulded pulp packaging.
Bioplastic food packaging is acceptable provided it has been certified by the Australasian Bioplastics Association or a similar organisation. Bioplastics must comply with either the Australian AS4736-2006 Standard, European EN13432 Standard or US D6400 Standard.