In Australia, Western Australia (WA) will be next to introduce bans against single-use plastic items through their Plan for Plastics which, in June 2021, was fast-tracked and brought forward by four years. The WA Government plans to implement a two-stage ban, starting from 31 December 2021.
Stage one will see a ban on single-use plastic plates, bowls and bowl lids, cutlery, stirrers, straws, cups and lids for cold drinks, polystyrene takeaway containers and helium balloon releases.
Although bans are not yet legislated, it is important for businesses to plan ahead for the impacts these will have – particularly businesses who traditionally rely on disposable plastic packaging to serve food and beverages.
Here, we unpack some of the WA Government’s recommendations for businesses to help prepare for the ban.