NSW single-use plastic ban 

The New South Wales Government has introduced the second phase of its state-wide ban on some single-use plastics that comes into effect on Tuesday, 1 November 2022. The new laws will affect all retailers including grocery stores, takeaway food outlets, pharmacies, discount stores and markets.

The single-use plastic ban applies to:

  • all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness of 35 microns or less, including degradable, biodegradable, and compostable bags;

  • single-use plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery (including chopsticks, splayds, and food picks);

  • single-use plastic plates and bowls (excluding bowls with a spill-proof lid); and

  • expanded polystyrene foodware and cups (e.g. Clamshells, cups).

For more information about the new changes visit the New South Wales Government website at www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-ban.

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