Plastics have become part of our everyday life. They are inexpensive, convenient and used in many applications. However, the single-use nature of many of these plastics contributes to a wasteful, take-make-dispose economy.
Community concerns about plastic waste is at an all-time high. Internationally, across Australia and Western Australia, there is community pressure and an expectation that governments and companies must do more to address the issues and challenges associated with single-use plastic.
The Western Australian Government has formalised plans to ban selected single-use plastic products across July and October 2022. In response to consultation feedback the State Government has released Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics. The plan’s preferred approach is avoidance of single-use plastics to mitigate the known impacts of single-use plastics on the environment and waste streams.
The plan is consistent with the waste hierarchy by promoting actions that:
The Plan for Plastics will be delivered over the short (end of 2021) and medium-term (by the end of 2022) and will be complemented by voluntary approaches.
From July 1, 2022
It will be an offence to sell or supply several disposable plastic items, including plastic items containing compostable plastics (unless specified)
Single-use plastic or disposable items to be banned from July 1, 2022 include the following items:
From October 1, 2022
It will be an offence to sell or supply disposable plastic cold cups, including PET and clear PLA cups. Paperboard cups that are certified compostable to the Australian standard will be acceptable. Cold cup lids are not included in stage one bans.
Exemptions apply to the following paper lined products that are certified to the Australian compostability standards AS4736 or AS5810:
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Additionally, these regulations will have exemptions for straws:
* These specifications apply to W.A and do not apply in all states.
Enforcement & Penalties
Under the new regulations, it is proposed that it will be an offence to:
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What You Can Do Now
Businesses are encouraged to identify whether banned items still need to be provided to customers, and if so, what they can be replaced with alternative products made from a non-plastic material or are reusable.
To prepare for the proposed bans it is important to consider:
• Current stock levels of these items and to run down stocks of these items.
We have a wide range of waste regulation compliant products for you to choose from. If you need assistance trying to navigate these changes and determine what you need, contact our team on (07) 3853 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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