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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN QUEENSLAND

Queensland is eliminating single-use problematic plastics.

Selected single-use plastic items are banned state wide, with further legislation coming into effect in 2023, as the Toward 2025 National Packaging Targets approach.

We're here to help you understand the legislation, and make the switch to sustainable packaging solutions.

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) | AUD 0.03 EA

8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y448S0001

AUD 336.12* / Carton (6,000) | AUD 0.06 EA

10mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y581S0001

AUD 425.90* / Carton (5,000) | AUD 0.09 EA

Sale 6mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y285S0001

AUD 176.08* AUD 207.15* / Carton (5,000) | AUD 0.04 EA

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 100.28* AUD 117.98* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.25 EA

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

Item: N609S0001

AUD 89.45* AUD 105.23* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.22 EA

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

Item: N798S0001

AUD 74.54* AUD 87.69* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.19 EA

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

Item: N441S0001

AUD 108.42* AUD 127.55* / Carton (1,000) | AUD 0.11 EA

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 52.51* AUD 61.78* / Carton (1,000) | AUD 0.05 EA

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 9 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N819S0001

AUD 64.77* / Carton (500) | AUD 0.13 EA

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10 INCH 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N285S0001

AUD 101.64* / Carton (500) | AUD 0.20 EA

Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 10x7 INCH OVAL SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N372S0001

AUD 69.45* AUD 81.71* / Carton (500) | AUD 0.14 EA

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.

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FORK WOODEN CUTLERY

Item: Y813S0350

AUD 90.54* / Carton (2,000) | AUD 0.05 EA

SPOON WOODEN CUTLERY

Item: Y674S0350

AUD 144.40* / Carton (2,000) | AUD 0.07 EA

WOODEN CUTLERY PACK

Item: Y707S0350

AUD 120.38* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.30 EA

Queensland Legislation Explained

Queensland is taking action against single-use problematic plastics. As part of the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill introduced in 2020, a number of single-use plastic items were banned in September 2021, extending to additional items from 1 September 2023. 

We're at the forefront of legislative changes so you can feel confident we've got you covered with the latest updates and a broad range of sustainable packaging solutions. 

Key dates

The following single-use plastic items are banned in Queensland:

  • 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 items will also 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

Exemptions

The following exemptions apply - these specific items can continue to be used until advised otherwise:

  • Plastic straws and cutlery that form 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
  • Paper plates and bowls with a plastic lining or coating are included in the ban by definition, however as a suitable alternative is not currently available, the Government won't pursue compliance on these items at this time. 

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, and 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. 

READ MORE