Sunday, 21 April 2024
    Victoria flags single-use plastic ban

    Victoria flags single-use plastic ban

    The Victorian Government is flagging the ban of specific single-use plastics from sale or supply across the state from 1 February 2023, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reports.

    To reduce plastic pollution, items such as straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers and cotton bud sticks will not be permitted for single use in the State.

    This will apply to items that are made from conventional plastic and degradable and compostable plastics such as bioplastics.

    The ban will be enacted by regulations.

    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has encouraged businesses to start preparing for the ban now by:

    - considering alternative reusable items or single-use items made from materials such as bamboo, wood or paper
    - running down stocks of banned items, and not ordering more
    - avoiding the items that will be banned.

    Single-use plastic straws will remain available for people who need them due to a disability or for medical reasons.

    The Victorian Government is now considering feedback received during public consultation throughout April and May, with regulations to be finalised later this year ahead of the ban in February 2023.


    Victorian business on notice as single-use plastic ban looms (Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


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