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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN TASMANIA

Tasmania Legislation Explained

Legislation in Tasmania differs in that it is only applicable within the City of Hobart and thus, bans are not enforceable state-wide. Although the government are yet to release any further details or plans for single-use plastics, the next steps moving forward is to introduce legislation that is enforceable in all areas of Tasmania.

The public were consulted on the issue, and Your Say Hobart survey results found that 96% of participants indicated that single-use plastic takeaway items be banned in Hobart[1]. As a result of consumer sentiment, the City of Hobart first introduced the single-use plastics By-law in 2019, and have since rolled out additional legislation. 

Key dates

2019

The City of Hobart introduced the single-use plastic By-law which prohibits businesses from providing single-use plastics for packaged food that they provide or sell that can be taken away from the premises and consumed.

The items included in the ban are:

  • Single-use plastic cutlery
  • Sauce sachets
  • Single-use plastic takeaway hot food containers and lids
  • Single-use plastic straws
  • Single-use plastic lined noodle boxes
  • Single-use plastic lined coffee cup and lids
  • Single-use plastic sandwich wedges

However, the ban only applies to single-use plastic containers with a volume of less than one litre or an area equivalent to an A4 piece of paper (210mm x 297mm).

Detpak endura tray filled with salad and pictured with wooden cutlery.
RecycleMe cup filled with soda and pictured with an endura paper straw.

2020

The City of Hobart enacted the By-law and banned single-use plastic items. The council delayed enforcement due to COVID-19. 

2021

Enforcement of the ban will become effective from 1 July 2021. This applies to all single-use food and beverage plastic packaging and all single-use plastic cutlery, straws, lids and cups.

Exemption

The ban only applies within the City of Hobart and thus other areas of Tasmania are exempt.

The ban also does not apply if the customer provides their own food packaging (e.g. Tupperware containers) or if the food packaging was not provided to the customer by the retailer (e.g. a pre-packaged soft drink bottle).

Enforcement & Penalties

The City of Hobart will enforce the By-law.

To find out what penalties apply in the City of Hobart, the full By-law 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 sustainable legislative compliant packaging, here.

 

References

[1] https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/single-use-plastics

[1] https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Business/Food-and-beverage-businesses/Single-Use-Plastics-By-Law-Information#section-12

Your Compliant Options

8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y448S0001

Price on enquiry^ / Carton (6,000)

WOODEN CUTLERY PACK

Item: Y707S0350

Price on enquiry^ / Carton (400)

7 INCH PLATE

Item: N144S0001

Price on enquiry^ / Carton (1,000)

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