More single-use plastic items are being phased out in Queensland
Over the next 5 years, the Queensland Government will implement bans and other measures to help minimise waste and protect our environment. The National Retail Association has been engaged to help businesses learn more about these initiatives and how to move towards more sustainable choices
From businesses in Queensland are no longer able to supply:
Plastic shopping bags which do not meet new requirements
Expanded polystyrene loose-fill packaging
Cotton buds with plastic stems
The release of a lighter-than-air balloon will also be banned.
The following items are in Queensland.
Single-use plastic straws & stirrers
Single-use plastic cutlery
Single-use plastic bowls & plates
Expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers & cups
Some exemptions apply
Transition Support Program
The Queensland Government will pursue an education-first approach and are committed to working with businesses to achieve the best environmental outcomes, while minimising unnecessary impacts to business.
To further assist businesses, the National Retail Association is providing a Transition Support Program which can provide a time-limited pause on enforcement for businesses which provide evidence they are experiencing genuine challenges outside their control, but have a clear plan and commitment to become compliant. To be eligible for this program, businesses must fulfil specific supply and reporting obligations.
Applications can be submitted below or by contacting NRA.
Free information sessions are being held online from June 2023.
These sessions are designed for all businesses (of any size or type) to receive an overview of the ban, ask questions, receive practical advice, and hear what other businesses are doing.