From 1 June 2022
Lightweight plastic shopping bags will be banned in NSW.
From 1 November 2022
The following items will be banned in NSW.
single-use plastic straws and stirrers
single-use plastic cutlery
single-use plastic plates and bowls without spillproof lids
foodware and cups made from expanded polystyrene (EPS)
single-use plastic cotton buds
rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads.
Exemptions will apply in certain settings to allow the supply of single-use plastic straws to people with a disability or medical need. The ban applies whether items are supplied individually or in packets.
Watch the video
As the ban will have a big impact on hospitality businesses, Take 3 for the Sea, a NSW charity dedicated to reducing plastic pollution, has created a short inspirational video featuring owners of hospitality businesses who have embraced the ban and seen a positive impact on their businesses.
Find out more
For sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics, read the Guide for Business
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Or, visit the NSW Government website.