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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
1 September 2021
The legislation is due to come into effect on September 1, 2021 and will prohibit the sale and/or supply of the following single-use plastic items:
- 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).
These products will be phased out immediately, and penalties apply for failure to comply.
Although no indicative date has been specified, the Queensland government have expressed that a second phase of banning is under discussion. The products under consideration include: coffee and other plastic cups, heavyweight plastic shopping bags and plastic balloon sticks.
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
- Dental clinics
- Medical clinics
- Aged care facilities
- Medical suppliers
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.
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.