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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Western Australian Government has announced plans to ban selected single-use plastic products in two stages. 

Although legislation remains in proposal stage, the Western Australian Government has indicated their intention to implement stage one bans from 31 December 2021. 

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 Western Australia brochure.

Western Australia, we've got you covered.

 

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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Detpak wooden cutlery.

FORK WOODEN CUTLERY

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KNIFE WOODEN CUTLERY

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SPOON WOODEN CUTLERY

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WOODEN CUTLERY PACK

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Detpak Endura paper straws.

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.

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8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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10mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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Best Seller 6mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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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.

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Eco-Products sugarcane bowl.

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

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

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

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

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Eco-Products sugarcane plate.

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.

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New ECO-PRODUCTS® 6 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

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New ECO-PRODUCTS® 9 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

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New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10 INCH 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE PLATE

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New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10x7 INCH OVAL SUGARCANE PLATE

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Western Australia Legislation Explained

A recent consultation report highlighted that over 98% of survey respondents supported strategies to reduce single-use plastics[1].             

In response to strong public concern about tackling the issue of plastic waste, the WA Government released the Plan for Plastics in 2020, which outlines a series of actions to be delivered over the short and medium term. The plan considers action on pre-packed fruit and vegetables, plastic beverage containers, takeaway food and beverage containers, and plastic packaging innovation and reduction.

On 13 June, the WA Government announced that actions from the state’s Plan for Plastics would be fast tracked and brought forward by four years, with bans against single-use plastics coming into force from the end of 2021. Specific dates of enforcement are yet to be released however, the government has indicated that product phase outs will occur in two stages.

Key dates

2021

The following single-use plastics or disposable products will be banned and phased out by the end of 2021 (indicative - December 2021):

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Stirrers
  • Straws
  • Cups
  • Thick plastic bags
  • Polystyrene takeaway food containers
  • Helium balloon release

2022

The following single-use plastic items will be banned and phased out by the end of 2022 (indicative - December 2022):

  • Barrier/produce bags
  • Microbeads
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Polystyrene cups
  • Coffee cups and lids
  • Cotton buds with plastic shafts
  • Oxo-degradable plastics (‘plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions’)
RecycleMe cold cup filled with soda and pictured with an endura paper straw.
Endura tray filled with salad and pictured with wooden cutlery.

Exemptions

The Government recognise the need for some individuals to use single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life and that alternatives are not appropriate.

A Plastics Straws Working Group has been established to work with disability, health and aged-care sectors, to develop regulatory exemptions that enable ongoing access to straws for individuals who require them[2].

 

Enforcement & Penalties

The WA government are yet to indicate specifics around enforcement and penalties for non-compliance.

To find out more, the full Plan for Plastics is available here.

Compostable plastic packaging

The Western Australian Government has indicated that PLA compostable plastic products remain under consideration. 

However, exemptions apply to the following bioplastic products that are certified to the Australian compostability standard AS4736:

  • PLA lined paperboard cups certified to the AS standard
  • Paperboard cup lids made from PLA certified to the AS standard
  • PLA lined paperboard bowls certified to the AS standard
  • Paperboard bowl lids made from PLA or CPLA certified to the AS standard

 

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.

Eco-Products sugarcane noodle bowl.

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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