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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Western Australian Government has formalised plans to ban selected single-use plastic products across July and October 2022.

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 our 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.

Detpak wooden cutlery.

FORK WOODEN CUTLERY

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AUD 105.42* / Carton (2,000)

KNIFE WOODEN CUTLERY

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AUD 76.86* / Carton (2,000)

SPOON WOODEN CUTLERY

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AUD 116.40* / Carton (2,000)

WOODEN CUTLERY PACK

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AUD 95.62* / Carton (400)

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.

Browse our range.

8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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AUD 266.22* / Carton (6,000)

ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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AUD 101.64* / Carton (4,000)

10mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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AUD 336.15* / Carton (5,000)

6mm ENDURA PAPER STRAW

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AUD 162.85* / 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.

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Eco-Products sugarcane bowl.

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

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AUD 99.92* / Carton (400)

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

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AUD 89.49* / Carton (400)

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

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AUD 74.66* / Carton (400)

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

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AUD 108.15* / Carton (1,000)

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.

Browse our range.

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 6 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N626S0001

AUD 52.70* / Carton (1,000)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 9 INCH SUGARCANE PLATE

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AUD 54.90* / Carton (500)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10 INCH 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N285S0001

AUD 86.19* / Carton (500)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 10x7 INCH OVAL SUGARCANE PLATE

Item: N372S0001

AUD 69.17* / Carton (500)

Western Australia Legislation Explained

In response to strong public concern[1] about tackling the issue of plastic waste, the WA Government released the Plan for Plastics in 2020, which outlined 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 17 December the WA Government formalised stage one bans, including:

  • From 1 January: It will be an offence to provide false or misleading information about banned items
  • From 1 July 2022: It will be an offence to sell or supply several disposable plastic items, including plastic items containing compostable plastics (unless specified)
  • From October 2022:It will be an offence to sell or supply disposable plastic cold cups, including PET and clear PLA cups. Paperboard cups that are certified compostable to the AS standard will be acceptable. Cold cup lids are not included in stage one bans.

Key dates

The following single-use plastic items are banned from 1 July, 2022:

  • Plates: disposable plastic plates made wholly, partly, or lined with plastic, designed for consuming food
  • Bowls without lids: disposable plastic bowls, without a lid, made wholly, partly, or lined with plastic, including clear PLA, designed for consuming food
  • Food containers without lids: including unlidded food containers lined with plastic, unless certified compostable to AS standard
  • Cutlery: disposable plastic implements for consuming food
  • Stirrers: disposable plastic drink straws
  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic bags: Plastic bags with handles designed to carry goods purchased from a retailer, including all soft plastic shopping bags with handles, paper/cardboard bags with a polymer laminate and non-woven polypropylene bags with a minimum weight of 90gsm and stitched seems
  • Polystyrene takeaway food containers: all polystyrene takeaway food containers, including trays, bowls and clam-shell containers

The following single-use plastic items are banned from 1 October 2022:

  • Cups: disposable plastic cups for cold drinks or any temperature of food. Includes all cups made wholly or in part of plastic, including clear PLA, unless certified compostable to the AS standard. Banned cups include those made from compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastics and the presence of a lid or film does not affect the ban on cups. 

 

 

 

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

Exemptions for straws

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].

Exemptions for bowls and cups

  • Paperboard bowls (with or without a lid) lined with certified compostable material to AS standard
  • Paperboard bowls with lids when provided together to consumers
  • Paperboard cold cups lined with certified compostable material to AS standard
  • Paperboard cold cups lids made of any material

Compostable plastic packaging

The Western Australian Government has indicated that exemptions to single-use plastic bans exist for bowls and cups where they are made of a paperboard which is certified compostable to the Australian Standards. 

  • Paperboard bowls (with or without a lid) lined with certified compostable material to AS standard

  • Paperboard bowls with lids i.e. a PE lined bowl with a PP lid is acceptable if the two are sold / provided together to customer / consumer

  • Paperboard cold cups lined with certified compostable material to AS standard

  • Paperboard cold cups lids can be any material 

To find out more, visit WA Plastic Ban.

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

Contact Us about moving to Towards 2025 compliant packaging.

Or, browse our range of packaging.

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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