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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN QUEENSLAND

From September 1, 2021 the Queensland State Government will prohibit the sale or supply of single-use plastic straws, bowls, plates, cutlery, beverage stirrers and expanded polystyrene takeaway containers and cups.

We are here to help you understand the legislation, including which items are being banned and what your sustainable solutions are.

Ready to find your product solution? Browse our Queensland Brochure.

Queensland, we've got you covered.

ENDURA STRAWS

As plastic straws are phased out, our paper Endura Straws offer a sustainable alternative which will stand the test of time in a cold beverage.

Not only are these straws tested for strength, but they are recyclable – providing a responsible end of life option for your packaging.

Browse our range.

 

ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y527S0001

AUD 127.80* / Carton (4,000)

8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y448S0001

AUD 308.34* / Carton (6,000)

10mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y581S0001

AUD 390.75* / Carton (5,000)

Sale 6mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y285S0001

AUD 161.54* AUD 190.05* / Carton (5,000)

SUGARCANE BOWLS

Our Eco-Products® Sugarcane Noodle Bowls are a strong, grease and cut resistant alternative to traditional plastic or polystyrene.

Sugarcane fibre products are made from a reclaimed and renewable material.

Browse our range.

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 40oz (1180ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N522S0001

AUD 93.72* AUD 110.26* / Carton (400)

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 32oz (940ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N609S0001

AUD 83.59* AUD 98.34* / Carton (400)

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 24oz (710ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N798S0001

AUD 69.66* AUD 81.95* / Carton (400)

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 16oz (470ml) CLASSIC SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N441S0001

AUD 101.32* AUD 119.20* / Carton (1,000)

SUGARCANE PLATES

Our Eco-Products® Sugarcane plates are not only strong, grease and cut resistant alternatives to plastic or polystyrene, they’re also commercially compostable and made from a reclaimed and renewable material.

These plates are microwave, freezer and fridge safe – and they come in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

Or, choose a paper plate as a recyclable or compostable alternative.

Browse our range.

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 6 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N626S0001

AUD 49.07* AUD 57.73* / Carton (1,000)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 9 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N819S0001

AUD 60.53* / Carton (500)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10 INCH 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N285S0001

AUD 94.99* / Carton (500)

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 10x7 INCH OVAL SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N372S0001

AUD 64.91* AUD 76.36* / Carton (500)

WOODEN CUTLERY

Our Wooden Cutlery range is durable & commercially compostable.

Made from sustainably sourced birchwood the Wooden Cutlery range is a sustainable product solution where commercial composting is collected. The wooden cutlery is also coated with food-safe, non-toxic plant-based carnauba wax.

Browse our range.

FORK WOODEN CUTLERY

Item: Y813S0350

AUD 90.54* / Carton (2,000)

SPOON WOODEN CUTLERY

Item: Y674S0350

AUD 132.48* / Carton (2,000)

WOODEN CUTLERY PACK

Item: Y707S0350

AUD 110.44* / Carton (400)

Queensland Legislation Explained

In 2020 Queensland took further action against single-use plastic products with new legislation rolling out in September 2021. Given the legislation will see an immediate phase out of specified products, it is beneficial for businesses to investigate sustainable options and begin to make the switch to compliant packaging products.

Results from the Single-use plastic product ban consultation report highlights that Queenslanders are concerned about plastic waste. More than 94% of survey respondents supported a ban on single-use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers, and 97% are already taking action to reduce plastic waste.

Guided by public consultation, the Queensland government introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020.

Key dates

Stage One

From 1 September 2021 the following single-use plastic items will be banned:

  • Single-use plastic straws
  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Single-use plastic bowls
  • Single-use plastic beverage stirrers
  • Single-use plastic cutlery 
  • Single-use expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups (e.g. clamshells).

Stage Two

From 1 September 2023 the following single-use plastic items will be banned:

  • Cotton buds with plastic stems
  • Expanded polystyrene loose packaging
  • Plastic microbeads in rinseable personal care and cleaning products

 

Image of cutlery and tray sitting on grass
Image of cutlery and straw on glass table

Exemption

An exemption applies to plastic straws that form part of a product, and to cutlery that forms part of a product. This means that a juice box with an attached plastic straw is exempted from the ban as is a yoghurt container with an attached plastic spoon.

Additionally, the following businesses are exempt and can continue to supply banned plastic items:

  • Clinics or facilities that provide care to persons with a disability or health needs
  • Hospitals
  • Dental clinics
  • Medical clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Aged care facilities
  • Medical suppliers
  • Schools

These exemptions are specific to Queensland and do not apply in all states.

Enforcement & Penalties

The Environment Protection Authority will enforce the legislation against single-use plastic products in Queensland.

To find out what penalties apply in Queensland, the full Bill is available here.

 

Head back to the Single-use Problematic Plastics in Australia home page, here.

Contact us about moving to Towards 2025 compliant packaging, here.

Browse our range of legislative compliant packaging, here.

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Image of sushi bowl - Eco-Products from Detpak

Compostable packaging

The Queensland Government has stipulated that where bioplastic products are used to replace single-use plastic items specifically listed in the ban, these must comply with the Australian compostability standard (AS4736).

Bioplastic packaging outside of identified items can be certified to the American or European standards, such as PLA lined hot cups.

Our range of compostable products is certified to the European (EN 13432) and American (ASTM D6400 & D6868) compostability standards, and are acceptable when replacing items not specifically listed in the ban.

Products which are not made of bioplastic (such as sugarcane) are also compliant when certified to international standards.

Our sugarcane products provide compostable alternatives to single-use plastic items and are permitted by the Queensland Government.

Want to know how single-use plastic bans will impact you?

We have developed a summary of key legislative targets around Australia and New Zealand. 

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