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Single-use problematic plastics in Australia

Problematic single-use plastic products will be phased out nationally by 2025. Legislation is coming in to force from 1 March 2021 in South Australia, prohibiting single-use plastic straws (exemptions apply), stirrers and cutlery, and will continue to roll-out across other states over the coming months. Businesses will need to consider whether their packaging is compliant with legislation and Towards 2025 national targets as these specified single-use plastic products continue to be phased out across Australia. 

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“Half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once—and then thrown away. Less than one-fifth of all plastic is recycled globally1


Single-use problematic plastics (SUPPs) are a topical issue nationwide as states and territories begin to roll out legislation enforcing bans against particular types of plastics.

Australia has made commitments to the Towards 2025 national packaging targets outlined by the Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO).

Ultimately, we are working towards achieving these targets with an overarching goal of reducing plastic waste pollution, and protecting our wildlife and marine life:

  • 100% of all Australia’s packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier
  • 70% of Australia’s plastic packaging will be recycled or composted by 2025
  • 50% average recycled content will be included across all packaging by 2025
  • Phase out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging (SUPP)
Grey map of Australia.
Hands filled with beach litter.

To achieve these targets, a new approach to packaging is essential. This means phasing out identified problematic plastics and investigating sustainable alternatives to replace these products.

We are committed to assisting our customers transition to sustainable packaging alternatives that are compliant with state legislation and Towards 2025 national packaging targets.

To help our communities stay across the most recent information about single-use plastics, this page will be regularly updated with the latest information. 

Learn more about state specific legislation and how it may affect you, by clicking on the relevant state or territory.

Please contact your local Detpak Sales representative if you would like to discuss specific plans for your business. Alternatively, contact us here.

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