Nine different single-use plastics will be discontinued in Western Australia starting today.
The plastics include single-use plates, bowls, cutlery, drink stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers, helium balloon releases and unlidded containers.
Disposable plastic cups for cold drinks will also be banned from October 2022.
The plastic bans follow the state government’s Plan for Plastics, introduced in January this year, with a six month transition period in effect to try and ease the transition for businesses.
Environment Minister Reece Whitby said an extensive engagement program over the past six months has assisted more than 10,000 businesses to adjust to the new requirements.
“The State Government recognises that enforcement of these bans are coming into effect during a time when businesses are dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19 and disrupted supply chains – and we will take a common-sense approach to enforcement.”
Mr Whitby said he encourages West Australians to do their part by using sustainable products instead of disposable ones.
“Western Australians overwhelmingly support action on single-use plastic and today the ban on the supply of many single-use plastics commences. We can be proud that our State continues to lead the way in reducing its harmful effects on the environment,” he said.
Businesses requiring support to make the transition to plastic-free alternatives can visit www.plasticsbanwa.com.au, call the toll-free WA hotline 1800 817 723, or email [email protected].
For more information on Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics visit WA.gov.au
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