Queensland will take its first steps toward the ban of single-use plastics from 1 September.
All Queensland businesses and organisations, including supermarkets, cafés, hotels and takeaway food shops will be required to stop supplying banned single-use plastic items.
First to go will be straws, stirrers, tableware and polystyrene takeaway food containers.
The ban is part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic pollution and follows strong support from the community, retailers and industry organisations.
Queensland Parliament approved the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Act 2021 on 10 March.
It aims to reduce plastic pollution by reducing the number of single-use plastic items used or sold and encourage manufacturers to seek product alternatives.
The National Retail Association is working with businesses to ensure they understand the ban and is offering options to manage excess stock.
Charity Boomerang Alliance, which advocates for recycling, waste minimisation and plastic pollution solutions, is hosting information sessions around the state to help raise awareness about the bans.
In March, South Australia was the first Australian state to pass legislation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastics.
A ban on single-use plastics in the ACT commenced July 2021 while Victoria will phase out and ban specific single-use plastics by 2023.
For more information visit: www.qld.gov.au/plasticsban