Under the federal government’s National Plastics Plan, all plastic packaging products with additive fragmentable technology that fail to meet relevant compostable standards (AS4736-2006, AS5810-2010 and EN13432) will be phased out nationally by July 2022.
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) loose packaging fill and moulded packaging in consumer packaging (e.g. packaging around whitegoods) will also be phased out by the middle of 2022.
The National Plastics Plan considers other expanded polystyrene (EPS) items and thus, by December 2022, EPS consumer food and beverage containers will be phased out nationally.
Additionally, a national phase out of PVC packaging labels will also occur by December 2022.
Although no indicative date is available yet, the federal government’s plan highlights that by December 2023 a minimum of 80% of supermarket products must display the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL).