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Each Government agency, whether Federal, State or Territory is bringing in bans at different times, and they are each choosing to prioritise different products or packaging types. We have summarised the details in the table below, however there are some themes.
Plastic items to be phased out are generally those that are used only once, are not recyclable and there is a more sustainable alternative readily available.
The most commonly banned items include single use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers as well as foam food containers like drinking cups and clamshells.
Plastics are a part of our everyday life; they are convenient and used in many applications. There is however, growing consumer awareness of the issues posed by some plastic and packaging waste. Many single-use plastics aren’t recyclable so end up in landfill and if used outside of the home can sometimes become litter.
To address the issues associated with some single-use plastics, Australian and New Zealand governments are implementing a series of actions to address the plastics problem.
Individual Australian States and Territories, and New Zealand are introducing legislation that prohibits the sale, supply and distribution of certain single-use plastic products and establishes a framework for adding other products in the future.
The Federal Government has also stepped in with a National Plastics Plan that includes among other actions the phasing out of some EPS foam products.
The table below shows the bans in each State and Territory as well as products or packaging listed in the National Plastics Plan.