May 16, 2022
As of June 1, lightweight plastic bags are banned in the state of NSW with more single-use plastic products to soon follow.
The second stage of the ban will come into effect on November 1 this year, prohibiting the sale, supply, and distribution of plastic straws*, stirrers, bowls, plates, cutlery, expanded polystyrene food service items, plastic cotton buds and microbeads in some personal care products. From this date, all businesses in NSW must cease use of these items.
An education and behaviour change campaign, led by the NSW EPA in partnership with the National Retail Association, began earlier this year to assist businesses and consumers with the transition. Resources have been developed to prepare retailers, suppliers, community groups and not-for-profit organisations for the ban, including information specifically designed for citizens in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
As part of the education program, the National Retail Association is engaging retail shopping centres, malls, and strips in metropolitan and regional areas to provide resources and information about the bans. The program also includes online and in-person sessions for community organisations and a toll-free advice hotline (1800 844 946).
The legislation is part of the NSW Plastics Action Plan, which was launched in June 2021 to improve the state’s management of plastics throughout their lifecycle.
For advice on how to manage the plastic bans, visit Business Recycling.
Discover practical tips and solutions to reducing plastic waste with Business Recycling’s free guide, How to Reduce and Recycle Plastics at Work.
*Exemptions apply for providing plastic straws to people with a disability or medical need.
Rachael joined Planet Ark in early 2019 after eight years working in media and publishing as a producer, editor and writer. Rachael loves using her skills in content creation and communication to instigate positive environmental behaviour change. Outside of work, Rachael enjoys spending time in nature, listening to music and patting dogs.
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